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absolute zero

n.
The theoretical temperature at which substances possess no thermal energy, equal to 0 K, -273.15°C, or -459.67°F.
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absolute zero

n
(General Physics) the lowest temperature theoretically attainable, at which the particles constituting matter would be in the lowest energy states available; the zero of thermodynamic temperature; zero on the International Practical Scale of Temperature: equivalent to –273.15°C or –459.67°F
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ab′solute ze′ro


n.
the temperature of −273.16°C (−459.69°F), the hypothetical point at which all molecular activity ceases.
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absolute zero

The lowest possible temperature of matter, at which all molecules stop moving. Absolute zero is equal to -459.67°F or -273.15°C.
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Noun1.absolute zero - (cryogenics) the lowest temperature theoretically attainable (at which the kinetic energy of atoms and molecules is minimal)absolute zero - (cryogenics) the lowest temperature theoretically attainable (at which the kinetic energy of atoms and molecules is minimal); 0 Kelvin or -273.15 centigrade or -459.67 Fahrenheit
temperature - the degree of hotness or coldness of a body or environment (corresponding to its molecular activity)
cryogenics, cryogeny - the branch of physics that studies the phenomena that occur at very low temperatures
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Translations
zero absolut
absoluuttinen nollapiste
apsolutna nula
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John Barleycorn sends his White Logic, the argent messenger of truth beyond truth, the antithesis of life, cruel and bleak as interstellar space, pulseless and frozen as absolute zero, dazzling with the frost of irrefragable logic and unforgettable fact.
From this absolute zero of fertility, the pollen of different species of the same genus applied to the stigma of some one species, yields a perfect gradation in the number of seeds produced, up to nearly complete or even quite complete fertility; and, as we have seen, in certain abnormal cases, even to an excess of fertility, beyond that which the plant's own pollen will produce.