absolute temperature scale

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ab′solute tem′perature scale`

a scale for measuring temperature in which the hypothetical lowest limit is assigned the value zero, designated absolute zero, as the Kelvin or Rankine scale.
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Not until the mid-19th century, when British physicist Lord Kelvin invented the absolute temperature scale, could scientists speak accurately about how much hotter one object was than another.
Being familiar with the recent development of the first law, he discovered and corrected the error due to the caloric theory, which led him to his discovery of an absolute temperature scale.
3 of the homologous temperature, which is the ratio of operating temperature to melting temperature on an absolute temperature scale.