Dictionary:Kelvin (K)

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(kel’ vin) The SI temperature unit referenced to absolute zero (0 K) with intervals equal to the degree celsius (formerly called centigrade); 273.15 K=0°C. Note ‘‘degree’’ or the degree symbol ‘‘∘’’ is not used with K and that kelvin is not capitalized; see Appendix A. Named for Baron William Thomson Kelvin (1824–1907), English physicist.