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Meaning of specific heat

specif'ic heat'

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— Physics. Physics.
  1. the number of calories required to raise the temperature of 1 gram of a substance 1°C, or the number of BTU's per pound per degree F.
  2. (originally) the ratio of the thermal capacity of a substance to that of standard material.
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