1. [syn: thermal, thermic, caloric]
2. of or relating to a hot spring;
- Example: "thermal water"
3. caused by or designed to retain heat;
- Example: "a thermal burn"
- Example: "thermal underwear"
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Thermal \Ther"mal\, a. [L. thermae hot springs, fr. Gr. ?, pl.
of ? heat, fr. ? hot, warm, ? to warm, make hot; perhaps akin
to L. formus warm, and E. forceps.]
1. Of or pertaining to heat; warm; hot; as, the thermal unit;
The thermal condition of the earth. --J. D.
2. caused by or affected by heat; as, thermal springs.
3. designed to retain heat; as, thermal underwear.
Thermal conductivity, Thermal spectrum. See under
Conductivity, and Spectrum.
Thermal unit (Physics), a unit chosen for the comparison or
calculation of quantities of heat. The unit most commonly
employed is the amount of heat necessary to raise the
temperature of one gram or one pound of water from zero to
one degree Centigrade. See Calorie, and under Unit.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adj 1: relating to or associated with heat; "thermal movements
of molecules"; "thermal capacity"; "thermic energy"; "the
caloric effect of sunlight" [syn: thermal, thermic,
caloric] [ant: nonthermal]
2: of or relating to a hot spring; "thermal water"
3: caused by or designed to retain heat; "a thermal burn";
n 1: rising current of warm air
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
26 Moby Thesaurus words for "thermal":
aestival, blood-hot, blood-warm, calid, equatorial, fire storm,
genial, hot air, luke, lukewarm, mild, room-temperature,
subtropical, summery, sunny, sunshiny, superheated air, temperate,
tepid, thermic, toasty, tropical, unfrozen, warm, warm as toast,