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Definition of "superconductivity" [superconductivity]

  • The flow of electric current without resistance in certain metals, alloys, and ceramics at temperatures near absolute zero, and in some cases at temperatures hundreds of degrees above absolute zero. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "superconductivity" in a sentence
  • "Onnes coined the term superconductivity and showed that tin and lead, too, become superconducting at very low temperatures."
  • "The demand that I see making the difference most from a usage point of view (barring some new breakthrough in superconductivity), concerns the anti-microbial uses of the product."
  • "However, like in superconductivity (see below) pairs of spin-half particles can form "quasi-bosons" that can condense into a superfluid phase."