microstate

noun
mi·​cro·​state | \ ˈmī-krō-ˌstāt How to pronounce microstate (audio) \

Definition of microstate

: a nation that is extremely small in area and population

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An object’s entropy is described by microstates: the number of ways atoms can be rearranged to achieve the same macroscale object. Jennifer Ouellette, Quanta Magazine, "The Fuzzball Fix for a Black Hole Paradox," 23 June 2015 Mathur’s fuzzball conjecture, by contrast, allows him to calculate the number of microstates in models that don’t exclude gravity. Jennifer Ouellette, Quanta Magazine, "The Fuzzball Fix for a Black Hole Paradox," 23 June 2015 Government officials told NBC News that Monaco, another microstate in the middle of Europe, is following in Estonia's footsteps and entered into a digital partnership with Luxembourg in December. NBC News, "Data security meets diplomacy: Why Estonia is storing its data in Luxembourg," 25 June 2019 Later, Czerapowicz played in Poland and in the top Spanish league for a team based in the microstate Andorra. Dom Amore, courant.com, "Just Passing Through, Chris Czerapowicz Leads Slamm Into Pro-Am Semifinals," 7 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of microstate

1962, in the meaning defined above

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