Prevost's theory

Prevost's theory

[′prā·vōz ‚thē·ə·rē]
(thermodynamics)
A theory according to which a body is constantly exchanging heat with its surroundings, radiating an amount of energy which is independent of its surroundings, and increasing or decreasing its temperature depending on whether it absorbs more radiation than it emits, or vice versa.
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An account of some experiments on radiant heat, involving an extension of Prevost's theory of exchanges.