I. adjective Etymology: Greek thermē Date: 1756 1. [Latin thermae public baths, from Greek thermai, plural of thermē] of, relating to, or marked by the presence of hot springs <
thermal waters
2. a. of, relating to, or caused by heat <
thermal stress
thermal insulation
b. being or involving a state of matter dependent upon temperature <
thermal conductivity
thermal agitation of molecular structure
c. having low energies of the order of those due to thermal agitation <
thermal neutrons
3. designed (as with insulating air spaces) to prevent the dissipation of body heat <
thermal underwear
thermally adverb II. noun Date: 1933 a rising body of warm air

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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