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 thermodynamic (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

Other Words from thermodynamic

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

Examples of thermodynamic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Without quite realizing it, Maxwell connected the thermodynamic law to the issue of information. Quanta Magazine, 26 May 2022 Part of the problem is that many people understand weight loss to be a thermodynamic issue. Nick Heil, Outside Online, 26 Mar. 2020 Lastly, Rillieux employed the thermodynamic principle that pressure and temperature follow each other—as one changes so does the other. Ainissa Ramirez, Scientific American, 26 Apr. 2022 This is the opposite of physicists’ idea of thermodynamic equilibrium, in which energy flows into a system only to inevitably dissipate: imagine a pot of water that is brought to a rolling boil and then returned to room temperature. Karmela Padavic-callaghan, Scientific American, 9 Mar. 2022 The Big Freeze hypothesis states that the heat death of the universe will result when all of space approaches absolute zero, or a state of no thermodynamic free energy. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, 3 Mar. 2022 To make it, Brooks infuses a proprietary cushion material with nitrogen through a fluid foaming process — a thermodynamic experience similar to brewing coffee. Elizabeth Carey, Outside Online, 16 Sep. 2020 The findings suggest that the thermodynamic equations the theorists derived may hold universally for timekeeping devices. Quanta Magazine, 31 Aug. 2021 These relationships were purely theoretical until this spring, when the experimental physicist Natalia Ares and her team at the University of Oxford reported measurements of a nanoscale clock that strongly support the new thermodynamic theory. Quanta Magazine, 31 Aug. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of thermodynamic

1849, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Thermodynamic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/thermodynamic. Accessed 27 Sep. 2022.

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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 thermodynamic (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 thermodynamic (audio) \ adverb

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