boiling point

  

Definition

Temperature at which a liquid turns into gas. For water or water-based liquids, this temperature is around 100°C (212° F) but solvent-based liquids generally have lower boiling points (they need comparatively less heat to turn into vapor). Flammable liquids with boiling points much lower than that of water are greater fire hazards, and require special precautions in handling, storage, and transportation.

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  • Sarah put the pot of water on the stove, turned the burner on high, and waited for the water to reach its boiling point.

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  • Once the water started bubbling, the science class students knew it had reached its boiling point and they made a notation in their lab journals, as instructed.

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  • When someone reaches their boiling point it is important that you keep your distance because you can't know how they will react.

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