adj. & n.
adj. 1 of, for, or producing heat. 2 promoting the retention of heat (thermal underwear).
n. a rising current of heated air (used by gliders, balloons, and birds to gain height). British thermal unit the amount of heat needed to raise 1 lb. of water at maximum density through one degree Fahrenheit, equivalent to 1.055 x 10(3) joules. thermal capacity the number of heat units needed to raise the temperature of a body by one degree. thermal neutron a neutron in thermal equilibrium with its surroundings. thermal reactor a nuclear reactor using thermal neutrons. thermal springs springs of naturally hot water. thermal unit a unit for measuring heat. thermalize v.tr. & intr. (also -ise). thermalization n. thermally adv.
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