I am using an old book and they almost use both terms interchangeably sometimes. Do they mean the same thing? Similiarly for "steam point" and "boiling point"

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    $\begingroup$ Could you gives us a few sample sentences? $\endgroup$ Sep 11, 2012 at 11:46
  • $\begingroup$ Sounds like it, but I've never heard "ice point" or "steam point" used before. $\endgroup$
    – Kevin
    Oct 3, 2012 at 2:36
  • $\begingroup$ I've heard the term 'ice point' used and I think this is an interesting question. Certainly, and ice phase is different from 'freezing' - the latter which is transitional and regionally-dependent. $\endgroup$ Oct 4, 2012 at 4:48

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Ice point is the freezing point of water.

Freezing point is the point where liquid turns to solid.

The difference is that in the case of ice point is substance is always water.

(Note that there is a slight discrepancy of 0.01 K between the triple point of water, melting point, freezing point and/or ice point. And technically, Ice point is the point where water and Ice are in equillibrium.)

See e.g. http://www.thefreedictionary.com/freezing+point, http://www.thefreedictionary.com/ice+point.


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