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, 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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First Known Use of thermalize

1948, in the meaning defined above

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“Thermalize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jul. 2022.

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