One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A temporary rise in temperature during cooling of a metal, caused by a change in crystal structure.
- ‘The recalescence point is lower than the decalescence point by anywhere from 85 to 215 degrees F.’
- ‘Kelton suspected that the first recalescence signaled the formation of the alloy's metastable icosahedral phase, followed five seconds later by the formation of the C14 Laves phase.’
- ‘I showed that recalescence and the disappearance of magnetisability in iron and steel occurred at about the same temperature.’
Late 19th century: from re- ‘again’ + Latin calescere ‘grow hot’ + -ence.
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