ther·​mal·​ize ˈthər-mə-ˌlīz How to pronounce thermalize (audio)
thermalized; thermalizing

transitive verb

: to change the effective speed of (a particle) to a thermal value
thermalize a neutron
thermalization noun

Examples of thermalize in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Experts say universal scaling is also helping to address deep conceptual questions about how quantum systems are able to thermalize at all. Quanta Magazine, 1 Aug. 2019 The researchers assumed the system would quickly thermalize: The pattern of ground and excited states would settle almost immediately into a jumbled sequence. Quanta Magazine, 20 Mar. 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

1948, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of thermalize was in 1948

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“Thermalize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Dec. 2023.

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