energetics

noun

en·​er·​get·​ics ˌe-nər-ˈje-tiks How to pronounce energetics (audio)
plural in form but singular in construction
1
: a branch of mechanics that deals primarily with energy and its transformations
2
: the total energy relations and transformations of a physical, chemical, or biological system
the energetics of an ecological community

Examples of energetics in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This work shows how the protein’s architecture and dynamics shaped its evolution, amplifying a few biochemically subtle mutations into major shifts in the energetics and function of the protein. Razib Khan, Discover Magazine, 3 July 2013 Bridging the gap: parkour athletes provide new insights into locomotion energetics of arboreal apes. Elizabeth Preston, Discover Magazine, 2 Dec. 2016 At the heart of the work by Ranjan and colleagues is their model for studying the energetics involved in dragonfly flight. The Physics Arxiv Blog, Discover Magazine, 28 June 2022 The energetics of their nonstop migration are also a conundrum. Jim Robbins, New York Times, 20 Sep. 2022 In this one-hour program, learn plant actions and energetics, as well as practical applications and preparations of various plants that prevent and relieve anxiety. Hartford Courant, 9 Sep. 2022 The moon radiates a lunar 'feminine' energy — which has nothing to do with gender but energetics — while the sun radiates a solar ‘masculine’ energy. Amanda Mitchell, Allure, 21 Apr. 2021 Her practice pulls from Traditional Chinese Medicine, shamanism, Ayurveda, and current studies of energetics. Washington Post, 18 Mar. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1855, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of energetics was in 1855

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“Energetics.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/energetics. Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition

energetics

noun, plural in form but singular in construction
en·​er·​get·​ics -iks How to pronounce energetics (audio)
1
: a branch of physics that deals primarily with energy and its transformations
2
: the total energy relations and transformations of a physical, chemical, or biological system
energetics of muscular contraction
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