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 But astronauts haven’t lived on the ISS long enough for scientists to say for sure that these changes to the body will ultimately reach a steady state. Shi En Kim, Science, "To study aging, scientists are looking to outer space," 2 Dec. 2020 Once symptoms begin, people usually are in a steady state of illness for about a week to 10 days. Erin Allday,, "Trump is a high-risk coronavirus patient. Here's his medical outlook," 2 Oct. 2020 The latest legal development suggests Wisconsin could remain in a steady state of litigation over its election maps. Patrick Marley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Legal fight over next round of redistricting begins in Wisconsin before a single map is drawn," 3 June 2020 Eventually, for any given skinniness of stick — its aspect ratio, diameter divided by length — the system founds its maximum, or steady state, density. Siobhan Roberts, New York Times, "Why Birds Are the World’s Best Engineers," 17 Mar. 2020 As the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) wreaks havoc on societies across the world, the auto industry remains mostly in a calm, steady state. Sebastian Blanco, Car and Driver, "Coronavirus Effects on Global Auto Production Remain Muted, for Now," 13 Mar. 2020 The country’s leadership remains in a steady state of political crisis. Time, "'I Didn’t Think We’d Get Out Like That.' Veterans Have Mixed Feelings As U.S. Withdraws Troops From Afghanistan," 10 Mar. 2020 The campaign needed someone able to dial into a steady state of rage on a moment’s notice, even a high-mileage ex-politician scarcely known to a younger generation of voters. New York Times, "The Indispensable Man: How Giuliani Led Trump to the Brink of Impeachment," 8 Dec. 2019 The workouts featured in the program, which include strength-training exercises and low-intensity steady state (LISS) cardio, are 15 to 25 minutes long, and the program lasts 16 weeks. Maggie O'neill,, "Kayla Itsines Was 'Devastated' the First Time She Exercised After Giving Birth," 26 Nov. 2019

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Apr. 2021.

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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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