adi·​a·​bat·​ic | \ ˌa-dē-ə-ˈba-tik How to pronounce adiabatic (audio) , ˌā-ˌdī-ə- \

Definition of adiabatic

: occurring without loss or gain of heat adiabatic expansion of a gas

Other Words from adiabatic

adiabatically \ ˌa-​dē-​ə-​ˈba-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce adiabatic (audio) , ˌā-​ˌdī-​ə-​ \ adverb

Examples of adiabatic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The catch is that, to avoid transferring any heat—that is, to be what physicists call an adiabatic process—the series of logical operations in the computation must usually be carried out infinitely slowly. Philip Ball, Scientific American, 29 Mar. 2022 The Universe is born with imperfections that are 100% adiabatic and 0% isocurvature in nature. Ethan Siegel, Forbes, 6 July 2021 This occurs due to a phenomenon called adiabatic cooling. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, 20 Sep. 2019 In this respect, the approach is more like adiabatic quantum computing and offers prospects for scaling. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, 29 Aug. 2018 This is done via a generator (usually a natural gas generator) or in a more environmentally friendly way using heat saved from the storage process in an adiabatic CAES system. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, 28 Oct. 2017 This means that the adiabatic cooling even more extreme during carbon dioxide release. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, 19 Sep. 2017 See More

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First Known Use of adiabatic

1870, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for adiabatic

Greek adiábatos "impassable" (from a- a- entry 2 + diabatós "to be crossed, fordable," verbal adjective of diabaínein "to step across, pass over," from dia- dia- + baínein "to walk, step") + -ic entry 1 — more at come entry 1

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“Adiabatic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2022.

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