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su·per·heat

 (so͞o′pər-hēt′)
tr.v. su·per·heat·ed, su·per·heat·ing, su·per·heats
1. To heat excessively; overheat.
2. To heat (steam or other vapor not in contact with its own liquid) beyond its saturation point at a given pressure.
3. To heat (a liquid) above its boiling point without causing vaporization.
n. (so͞o′pər-hēt′)
1. The amount by which a vapor is superheated.
2. The heat imparted during the process of superheating.

su′per·heat′er n.
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A Martian came across the fields about midday, laying the stuff with a jet of superheated steam that hissed against the walls, smashed all the windows it touched, and scalded the curate's hand as he fled out of the front room.
There was not a breath of wind, and the superheated, stagnant air was heavy with pestilence.
But there was no swooning in that superheated room.
Into this he thrust the blade of his stone knife, and as it became superheated he would withdraw it, touching a spot near the thin edge with a drop of moisture.
"They're inexpensive." Micci and his students bombard a gaseous fuel in their prototype's combustion cham- ber with microwaves to create a superheated cloud called a plasma.
The gas is primarily superheated steam generated from the deeper drying out of the lining and decomposition of refractory hydrates at melt temperature.
When they returned in late September, the scientists attempted to visit Loihi's peak, a region named Pele's Vents for its superheated geysers surrounded by a rich community of microorganisms.
The same general mechanism holds true for aluminum bronze, contributing not only to erosion, but also to the formation of buildup on the surface as the aluminum oxide deposits, creating superheated channels.
The boiled tubules in a bath of nitric acid and nickel nitrate, baked them in an oven, and then cooked them some more in superheated helium.