June 27, 2016
- Fahrenheit (adjective)
- What does it mean?
- : relating or conforming to or having a thermometer scale on which under standard atmospheric pressure the boiling point of water is at 212 degrees above the zero of the scale and the freezing point is at 32 degrees above zero
- How do you use it?
- Death Valley is known for extreme temperatures, including the record high temperature of 134° Fahrenheit recorded there in 1913.
- Are you a word wiz?
Where do you think the word "Fahrenheit" comes from?The German physicist Daniel Gabriel Fahrenheit invented two kinds of thermometers and introduced the temperature scale named for him. By the middle of the 18th century, English speakers were using "Fahrenheit" with a number to indicate a temperature recorded using the Fahrenheit scale. The Fahrenheit scale is still in general use in the United States and is often abbreviated "F." Many other English-speaking countries use the Celsius scale. This scale is named for its inventor, the Swedish astronomer Anders Celsius, and is often abbreviated "C." In the United States, the Celsius scale is used in scientific work.