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

Definition of thermalize

transitive verb

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

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thermalization \ ˌthər-​mə-​lə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce thermalize (audio) \ 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, "The Universal Law That Aims Time’s Arrow," 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, "Quantum Machine Appears to Defy Universe’s Push for Disorder," 20 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of thermalize

1948, in the meaning defined above

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“Thermalize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2021.

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