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The climate of a confined space, such as inside a house, barn, or greenhouse, or in an artificial or natural cave; a form of microclimate. Also spelled kryptoclimate.



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BAKING

The use of heat on fresh paint films to speed the evaporation of thinners and to promote the reaction of binder components so as to form a hard polymeric film. Also known as stoving.

GREENHOUSE EFFECT

The process by which the Earth's atmosphere limits the reflection of solar heat back into space. The increasing proportion of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is increasing the Earth's heat retention, and threatening climate change.

LOF

Lloyds open form

COSOLVENT

During chemical processing, a second solvent added to the original solvent, generally in small concentrations, to form a mixture that has greatly enhanced solvent powers due to synergism.

COMPASS ROOF

A roof in which each truss is in the form of an arch.

ENGINE CYLINDER

A cylindrical chamber in an engine in which the energy of the working fluid, in the form of pressure and heat, is converted to mechanical force by performing work on the piston. Also known as cylinder.

HYDROFORMING

A petroleum-refinery process in which naphthas are passed over a catalyst at elevated temperatures and moderate pressures in the presence of added hydrogen or hydrogen-containing gases, to form high-octane BTX aromatics for motor fuels or chemical manufacture.

CRITICAL SLOPE

The maximum angle with the horizontal at which a sloped bank of soil of a given height will remain undeformed without some form of support.

SINE WAVE

A simple wave in the form of curve.

COUNTERPOISE

A system of wires or other conductors that is elevated above and insulated from the ground to form a lower system of conductors for an antenna. Also known as antenna counterpoise.

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