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
steady-state adjective

Examples of steady state in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web When a battery is new, there can be some noticeable degradation as the battery settles into its steady state. Ryan Erik King / Jalopnik, Quartz, 28 May 2024 The cardio is a mix of higher intensity intervals and lower intensity steady state work. Charlotte Phillipp, Peoplemag, 16 May 2024 This is defined as a steady state of physical, internal, and chemical conditions. Mark Anderson, Discover Magazine, 3 Apr. 2024 Instead, these have turned into smaller, more predictable bumps in transmission in the summer and winter as the nation reaches a kind of steady state with the virus. Brenda Goodman, CNN, 1 Mar. 2024 Having a larger battery like this to handle the transient driving loads, allows for the use of a smaller fuel stack that mostly operates in a steady state condition, thus reducing the cost of the system. Sam Abuelsamid, Forbes, 27 Feb. 2024 The planet’s climate is well established to oscillate between two steady states: the icehouse (when, at a minimum, both poles whiten) and the steamier greenhouse phase, glacier-free. Rebecca Giggs, The New York Review of Books, 30 Nov. 2023 The big chill The researchers let the model reach a steady state for the end-Cretaceous continental configuration and atmospheric composition. John Timmer, Ars Technica, 31 Oct. 2023 And while plenty of concerns remain that job growth could slow too much and turn negative, the current state of the economy — and recent history — support a belief that this steady state can be maintained. Alicia Wallace, CNN, 31 Aug. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1885, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of steady state was in 1885

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Cite this Entry

“Steady state.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

steady state

: a state or condition of a system or process that does not change or changes only slightly over time
on the average a living cell maintains a steady state

Medical Definition

steady state

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

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