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

Definition of nonequilibrium

: absence or lack of equilibrium or balance : a state of imbalance between opposing forces or processes often used before another nounnonequilibrium statesnonequilibrium 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, "How Life (and Death) Spring From Disorder," 26 Jan. 2017

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First Known Use of nonequilibrium

1790, in the meaning defined above

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“Nonequilibrium.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 14 December 2019.

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