non·​equi·​lib·​ri·​um ˌnän-ˌē-kwə-ˈli-brē-əm How to pronounce nonequilibrium (audio)
: 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

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Recent Examples on the Web Entropy maximization has long been thought to be a trait of nonequilibrium systems. Quanta Magazine, 26 Jan. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1790, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of nonequilibrium was in 1790

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“Nonequilibrium.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

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