steady state


Definition of steady state

: a state or condition of a system or process (such as one of the energy states of an atom) that does not change in time broadly : a condition that changes only negligibly over a specified time

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steady-state \ ˈste-​dē-​ˈstāt How to pronounce steady state (audio) \ adjective

Examples of steady state in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The company plans to bring it online by 2024, with an additional year to reach a steady state of production. Felix Njini, Fortune, 19 Nov. 2021 The pandemic continues to grind forward in a relatively steady state with seven-day average case rates per 100,000 residents listed at 14.2 this week compared to 14.6 last week. Paul Sisson, San Diego Union-Tribune, 17 Nov. 2021 The group suggests that the heating process facilitates co-assembly of small RNAs and lipids in the decoctions to reach a steady state. Chao Yan, Scientific American, 17 June 2020 This is typically helpful when the economic environment is in a fairly steady state but less so when the economy has experienced a shock, such as a pandemic. Chuck Jones, Forbes, 30 Aug. 2021 Reaching that steady state isn’t like turning a page on a calendar. Jamie Ducharme, Time, 12 Aug. 2021 But smaller competitor iFit only dropped 16.5% over the same time period, and basically reached a steady state in June rather than August. John Koetsier, Forbes, 3 Sep. 2021 That was during a post-glacial period, hydrologists point out, when the lake was seeking a steady state. New York Times, 17 May 2020 The only other times government spending approached the proportion of the economy that the Biden budget sees as a future steady state were also beset by emergencies. Milton Ezrati, Forbes, 25 June 2021

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First Known Use of steady state

1885, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of steady state was in 1885

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Medical Definition of steady state

1 : a state or condition of a system or process (as one of the energy states of an atom) that does not change in time
2 : a state of physiological equilibrium especially in connection with a specified metabolic relation or activity

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