nonequilibrium

noun non·equi·lib·ri·um \ ˌnän-ˌē-kwə-ˈli-brē-əm , -ˌe- \

Definition of nonequilibrium

: absence or lack of equilibrium or balance : a state of imbalance between opposing forces or processes often used before another noun
  • nonequilibrium states
  • nonequilibrium thermodynamics

First Known Use of nonequilibrium

1790

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