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Definition a liquid heated beyond the point where it would normally boil without the boiling

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a vapor heated to such a degree that the temperature may be lowered or its pressure increased without the conversion of any of the gas into liquid
  • They want to produce electricity by using geothermal energy to cycle water that would be superheated and drive a turbine.
  • The space shuttle was damaged when superheated gases generated during reentry entered the ship through a breach in the insulation.
  • It hissed as it ate through the material; he felt the sting as it burned his skin like a dozen tiny superheated needles.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Ashes
  • Southern venti swirled through the hall in clouds of red dust and superheated air.
    Rick Riordan  --  The House of Hades
  • Instead of heat going to the water, some would get stored in the air, which could superheat and melt the bag.
    Andy Weir  --  The Martian
  • Nobody had sufficient understanding of such matters to suggest that the rebreathed, superheated atmosphere of the mill room was responsible.
    Grace MacGowan Cooke  --  The Power and the Glory
  • The spotlight winked out, and a second later, the explosion, and a superheated blast of air rumbled into the room.
    Rick Yancey  --  The Infinite Sea
  • Max and the others were flung back by the rushing backlash of superheated air that singed their eyes and set their clothes to smoking.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Second Siege
  • "Okay for now, I think," Max gasped, realizing his lungs were seared from all the smoke and superheated air.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Maelstrom
  • Tuk and I huddle in the hot cave of our tent, osmosis masks filtering enough cool oxygen out of the superheated, smoky air to allow us to breathe.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • They glowed like superheated gas as they raced through the ballroom, circling the pillars that surrounded the dance floor.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Throne of Fire
  • It was a high–speed frigate furnished with superheating equipment that allowed the tension of its steam to build to seven atmospheres.
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • The thimble was a crucial part of architect Frank Burnham's design, meant to shield the surrounding wooden walls from the superheated gases exiting the stack.
    Erik Larson  --  The Devil in the White City
  • She sees the fireball climbing, the superheated sphere of burning gas that can blind a person with its beauty, its dripping christblood colors, solar golds and reds.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • Fire and water collided, superheated steam, and I shot upward from the heart of the volcano in a huge explosion, just one piece of flotsam thrown free by a million pounds of pressure.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Battle of the Labyrinth
  • We share the day's rumors and tell bad jokes and push back against the silence inside our own heads, the place where the never-ending voiceless scream rises like the superheated air above a lava flow.
    Rick Yancey  --  The 5th Wave
  • The leaves are fully out, the irises are in bloom, there's a heat wave; the gymnasium heats up like an oven and we all sit in there, superheated, writing away, while the gymnasium exudes its smell of bygone athletes.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat's Eye
  • A Martian came across the fields about midday, laying the stuff with a jet of superheated steam that hissed against the walls, smashed all the windows it touched, and scalded the curate's hand as he fled out of the front room.
    H.G. Wells  --  The War of the Worlds
  • The boat fairly flew; we sweltered side by side in the stagnant superheated air; the smell of mud, of mush, the primeval smell of fecund earth, seemed to sting our faces; till suddenly at a bend it was as if a great hand far away had lifted a heavy curtain, had flung open un immense portal.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Lord Jim
  • Huge storm clouds were circling over Westgate while in the south Max glimpsed a pluming cloud of superheated smoke.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Maelstrom

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