Fahrenheit

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  • noun a scale of temperatures where the freezing and boiling points of water are 32° and 212° under standard atmospheric pressure

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  • a scale of temperature in which the freezing and boiling points of water are 32º and 212º. To convert Fahrenheit temperatures to Celsius, subtract 32, multiply by 5 and divide by 9; so 68ºF equals 20ºC. As a quick rough estimate, subtract 30 and divide by two.

Origin & History of “Fahrenheit”

The ‘pre-metrication’ temperature scale takes its name from its inventor, the German physicist Gabriel Daniel Fahrenheit (1686­1736). Not only did he develop the idea of a scale in which ice melts at 32º and water boils at 212º, he also invented the mercury thermometer.
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