thermodynamic

adjective
ther·​mo·​dy·​nam·​ic | \ ˌthər-mō-dī-ˈna-mik How to pronounce thermodynamic (audio) , -də- \
variants: or less commonly thermodynamical \ ˌthər-​mō-​dī-​ˈna-​mi-​kəl How to pronounce thermodynamical (audio) , -​də-​ \

Definition of thermodynamic

1 : of or relating to thermodynamics
2 : being or relating to a system of atoms, molecules, colloidal particles, or larger bodies considered as an isolated group in the study of thermodynamic processes

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Other Words from thermodynamic

thermodynamically \ ˌthər-​mō-​dī-​ˈna-​mi-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce thermodynamically (audio) , -​də-​ \ adverb

Examples of thermodynamic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The debate over the black hole information paradox rages on, and in the meantime, Benini and Milan, among others, have turned their attention to producing a full, explicit explanation of a black hole's thermodynamic properties. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Nature’s cosmic hard drive? Black holes could store information like holograms," 4 June 2020 The site introduced me to the photographs of Antoine d’Agata, who started shooting images in Paris as the shutdown began, using a thermodynamic device that makes every scene feel intensely plague-like. Los Angeles Times, "Essential Arts: L.A. theater leaders plot a return to the stage," 2 May 2020 Consciousness may involve thermodynamic or quantum processes that lend the impression of living moment by moment. Paul Davies, Scientific American, "Time’s Passage is Probably an Illusion," 24 Oct. 2014 That reminds one of the thermodynamic second law, that entropy always increases. Quanta Magazine, "Are We All Wrong About Black Holes?," 10 Sep. 2019 He’s previously published studies about dispersal of urban pollutants in downtown environments, as well as thermodynamic flow around wind turbines. Eric Niiler, Wired, "Are Running or Cycling Actually Risks for Spreading Covid-19?," 14 Apr. 2020 That reminds one of the thermodynamic second law, that entropy always increases. Quanta Magazine, "Are We All Wrong About Black Holes?," 10 Sep. 2019 That reminds one of the thermodynamic second law, that entropy always increases. Quanta Magazine, "Are We All Wrong About Black Holes?," 10 Sep. 2019 Based on thermodynamic calculations, scientists believe that there are three distinct cloud layers in Jupiter's thick atmosphere. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "How much water does Jupiter really have? Here's what NASA's Juno mission found," 19 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of thermodynamic

1849, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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19 Jun 2020

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“Thermodynamic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/thermodynamic. Accessed 9 Aug. 2020.

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thermodynamic

adjective
ther·​mo·​dy·​nam·​ic | \ ˌthər-mō-dī-ˈnam-ik, -də- How to pronounce thermodynamic (audio) \
variants: also thermodynamical \ -​i-​kəl How to pronounce thermodynamical (audio) \

Medical Definition of thermodynamic

1 : of or relating to thermodynamics
2 : being or relating to a system of atoms, molecules, colloidal particles, or larger bodies considered as an isolated group in the study of thermodynamic processes

Other Words from thermodynamic

thermodynamically \ -​i-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce thermodynamically (audio) \ adverb

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