steady state

noun

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 \ adjective

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The moon can be seen moving relative to the steady state background of distant stars. Jay Bennett, Popular Mechanics, "12 New Moons of Jupiter Discovered," 17 July 2018 Each week consists of three resistance workouts (abs and arms, legs, and full body), three sessions of low-intensity steady state or LISS cardio (walking, swimming, hiking, etc.), an optional HIIT session, and two recovery sessions. The Editors, Outside Online, "Our Favorite Workouts," 13 Apr. 2018 Sarah Higgins said this on Tuesday: The prison census remained at 41 — the steady state throughout the Trump administration, and the same men left there when President Barack Obama left office. Carol Rosenberg, miamiherald, "Conspiracy theory solved? Pentagon says Guantánamo mystery flight was just a field trip | Miami Herald," 3 Apr. 2018 They are forced to stay on their toes and are in a steady state of readiness. Jeff Wilson, star-telegram, "Fister's tempo a friend to defensive players, reporters everywhere | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 4 Mar. 2018 Tallman suggests doing intervals, rather than cycling at a steady state, to get the biggest fat-burning payoff on a stationary bike. Amy Marturana, SELF, "4 Stationary Bike Workouts That Burn Fat," 11 Dec. 2017

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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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steady state

noun

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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