One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
postpositive when used with a numeral Of or denoting a scale of temperature on which water freezes at 32° and boils at 212° under standard conditions.
- ‘Temperatures can vary from freezing to 130 degrees Fahrenheit, making daily duties difficult.’
- ‘The tests included temperatures as cold as minus 112 degrees Fahrenheit to simulate the conditions of open space.’
- ‘The students exercised in cold water of 68 degrees Fahrenheit and warm water of 91.4 degrees Fahrenheit.’
- ‘If you heat up water to 212 degrees Fahrenheit, depending on pressure and so forth, it boils.’
- ‘Water boils at 212 degrees Fahrenheit, or 100 degrees Celsius.’
The Fahrenheit scale of temperature.
- ‘The original zero point of the Fahrenheit temperature scale was set at the lowest temperature that could be reached in a mixture of salt and ice.’
- ‘Looking out through a world in reverse, he wrote in grease pencil the Fahrenheit temperatures backwards for us on the other side of the glass.’
- ‘However, a sunny 95-degree Fahrenheit spike can slash months of savings in a single eight-hour day.’
- ‘The Fahrenheit and Celsius scales are based on two fixed points, the Kelvin and Rankine scales are based on one.’
- ‘Likewise, we can measure temperatures on the Celsius or Fahrenheit scales.’
Mid 18th century: named after Gabriel Daniel Fahrenheit (1686–1736), German physicist.
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