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Definition of the noun alcohol thermometer

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  1. thermometer consisting of a glass capillary tube marked with degrees Celsius or Fahrenheit and containing alcohol which rises or falls as it expands or contracts with changes in temperature


The alcohol thermometer is an alternative to the mercury-in-glass thermometer and has similar functions. Unlike the mercury-in-glass thermometer, the contents of an alcohol thermometer are less toxic and will evaporate away fairly quickly. An organic liquid is contained in a glass bulb which is connected to a capillary of the same glass and the end is sealed with an expansion bulb. The space above the liquid is a mixture of nitrogen and the vapor of the liquid. For the working temperature range, the meniscus or interface between the liquid is within the capillary. With increasing temperature, the volume of liquid expands and the meniscus moves up the capillary. The position of the meniscus shows the temperature against an inscribed scale.

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Google previewEncyclopaedia perthensis, or, Universal dictionary of the arts, sciences, literature, etc. : intended to supersede the use of other books of reference (1816)

The alcohol thermometer was not subject to some ot the inconveniences which attended the air thermometer.

Google previewThe Encyclopaedia Britannica Or Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and General Literature (1842)

The alcohol thermometer, being unaffected by variations in'the pressure of the atmosphere, soon came into general use, and was at an early period introduced into Britain by Mr Boyle. To this instrument, as then used, there are, however, many ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia Perthensis; or, Universal dictionary of Knowledge. [With] Supp (1816)

by Encyclopaedia Perthensis

The alcohol thermometer was not subject to some of the inconveniences ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Mechanical Engineering (2013)

by Anthony G. Atkins, Tony Atkins, Marcel Escudier

alcohol thermometer (alcohol-in-glass thermometer) A ...

Google previewThe popular encyclopedia; or, 'Conversations Lexicon': [ed. by A. Whitelaw from the Encyclopedia Americana]. (1874)

by Popular encyclopedia

Rutherford's is an alcohol thermometer with a horizontal tube; there is a small movable index of coloured glass surrounded by the ...

Google previewThe Visual Dictionary of Science & Energy - Science & Energy (2012)

clinical thermometer More precise than the alcohol thermometer, it is used to take the temperature of the human body; it is graduated from 94°F to 108°F. expansion chamber Space that is taken up by the gas in the capillary bore; it is pushed ...

Google previewThe new international encyclopaedia (1905)

by Daniel Coit Gilman, Harry Thurston Peck, Frank Moore Colby

The Alcohol Thermometer. This differs from the mercurial thermometer only in that the interior liquid is alcohol. But this difference is important from many points of view, since one class of errors disappears and another is introduced. Alcohol or ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Physical Sciences (1976)

by John Daintith

alcohol thermometer. A type of *thermometer consisting of a small glass bulb containing alcohol, connected to a fine sealed ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Aquarium & Pond Fish (2008)

by David Alderton

An alcohol thermometer will ...

Google previewThe Facts on File Dictionary of Physics, Fourth Edition (2009)

by John Daintith

alcohol thermometer A liquid-in-glass thermometer ...

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