Fr.: échelle de Fahrenheit
A temperature scale (°F) in which the → freezing point of → water is 32 degrees and the → boiling point is 212 degrees; the points are placed 180 degrees apart. It converts to the → Celsius scale by the formula: C = (5/9)(F - 32). See also → Kelvin scale, → Rankine scale, → Reaumur scale.
Developed by the German physicist Gabriel Fahrenheit (1686-1736); → scale.