thermo-, therm-, thermi-, -thermia, -therm, -thermal, -thermic, -thermias, -thermies, -thermous, -thermy
(Greek: heat, heating, heater, hot, warm)
The term heat is employed in ordinary language in different senses. Some scientists distinguish four principal applications of the term:
- Sensation of heat.
- Temperature, or degree of hotness.
- Quantity of thermal energy.
- Radiant heat, or energy of radiation.
2. The process of purposely transporting geothermal energy from beneath the earth for human use; that is, the building of a well and pipeline system to bring heated water to a power plant.
Like other related "plant" references, this entry is apparently linked to the action of pressing on a shovel, or some other apparatus, with the "sole of the foot" in order to work the soil for the development of plants.
Some reservoirs can be commercially developed as an energy source.
Any technological system that makes use of this heat as an energy source; such as, to power an electrical power plant or to heat or to cool a building.
2. The study of the earth's heat and temperatures, and their effects on geologic processes.
3. The study of the earth's heat and subsurface temperatures.
4. In geology, a mineral or aggregate of minerals whose presence defines the temperature range of limits within which the minerals were formed; also known as a geologic thermometer.
2. The temperature of a body, substance, or physical environment; especially, a relatively high temperature.
3. A form of transferred energy that arises from the random motion of molecules and which is felt as temperature; especially, as warmth or hotness.
Heat is transmitted by conduction, convection, or radiation.
2. A plant with a requirement for a temperature of less than 10ºC in the warmest month, typically occurring in regions with a mean annual temperature below 0ºC; sometimes used to refer to those organisms living above the tree line in areas of heavy snow.
3. A plant that can grow in very cold environments, as the arctic and antarctic lichens and mosses.
2. A reference to organisms that maintain a comparatively high body temperature by basking in sunlight.