# Absolute scale

temperature (absolute temperature) as measured on a scale in which the hypothetical lowest limit of physical temperatures is assigned the value zero (absolute zero) as the Kelvin scale.
Historical Examples

The absolute scale, long familiar to physicists, has recently come into somewhat limited use in meteorology.
Meteorology Charles Fitzhugh Talman

They will be of immense advantage in giving you a sense of absolute scale.
The Brochure Series Of Architectural Illustration, Vol 1, No. 2. February 1895. Various

One advantage that the absolute scale possesses over the others is that it has no below-zero readings.
Meteorology Charles Fitzhugh Talman

Scientists have been able to obtain temperatures of extreme cold far down on the absolute scale.
Physics Willis Eugene Tower

Psychologists tore their hair and bewailed the absence of an absolute scale for humanity.
The Hour of Battle Robert Sheckley

How does one change a reading on the centigrade scale to a corresponding reading on the absolute scale?
Physics Willis Eugene Tower

The zero of the absolute scale is 460° below the zero of Fahrenheit.
Inventors at Work George Iles

As to the temperature of the sun, we shall adopt the common estimate of about 6300°C. on the absolute scale.
Climatic Changes Ellsworth Huntington

absolute scale n.
See Kelvin scale.
absolute temperature scale
A temperature scale having absolute zero as the lowest temperature. Absolute temperature scales only have positive numbers. The Kelvin scale and the Rankine scale are absolute temperature scales. Compare relative temperature scale.

• Absolute temperature scale

temperature (absolute temperature) as measured on a scale in which the hypothetical lowest limit of physical temperatures is assigned the value zero (absolute zero) as the Kelvin scale. absolute temperature scale A temperature scale having absolute zero as the lowest temperature. Absolute temperature scales only have positive numbers. The Kelvin scale and the Rankine scale […]

• Absolute space

space that is not affected by what occupies it or occurs within it and that provides a standard for distinguishing inertial systems from other frames of reference.

• Absolute sobriety

noun a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .02 or less Examples A BAC of .02 or less is considered absolute sobriety because of the limitations of breath testing devices and the fact that the slight alcohol content of mouthwashes or some medications can influence a test. Usage Note law

• Absolute temperature

temperature (absolute temperature) as measured on a scale in which the hypothetical lowest limit of physical temperatures is assigned the value zero (absolute zero) as the Kelvin scale. Historical Examples In order to determine this, the absolute temperature of the steam at admission and exhaust pressures must be known. Steam Engines Anonymous Or, to put […]

• Absolute threshold

noun (psychol) the minimum intensity of a stimulus at which it can just be perceived Compare difference threshold

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