thermodynamic

adjective
ther·​mo·​dy·​nam·​ic | \ˌthər-mō-dī-ˈna-mik, -də-\
variants: or less commonly thermodynamical \ ˌthər-​mō-​dī-​ˈna-​mi-​kəl , -​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 , -​də-​ \ adverb

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At Walt's Sandwich Place in Wauwatosa, they're called thermodynamic physicists that specialize in organic matter. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Sandwich making is a science at Walt's Sandwich Place in Wauwatosa," 17 May 2018 And that means almost all of them run into a big thermodynamic challenge, because carbon dioxide is an extremely stable molecule. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Putting CO₂ to use: 10 finalists named for Carbon XPrize," 11 Apr. 2018 His final words to the thermodynamic duo minutes before liftoff? Jeremy Henderson, AL.com, "New Ryan Gosling movie latest on list of Auburn ties to space program," 4 Jan. 2018 The left’s romance with revolution has always been a reality-blinder, this thermodynamic belief that things need to get bad beyond the breaking point so that people will take the vape pens out of their mouths, rise up, and storm the Bastille. James Wolcott, The Hive, "Why the Alt-Left Is a Problem, Too," 19 June 2017 The left’s romance with revolution has always been a reality-blinder, this thermodynamic belief that things need to get bad beyond the breaking point so that people will take the vape pens out of their mouths, rise up, and storm the Bastille. James Wolcott, The Hive, "Why the Alt-Left Is a Problem, Too," 19 June 2017 The left’s romance with revolution has always been a reality-blinder, this thermodynamic belief that things need to get bad beyond the breaking point so that people will take the vape pens out of their mouths, rise up, and storm the Bastille. James Wolcott, The Hive, "Why the Alt-Left Is a Problem, Too," 19 June 2017 Aircraft turbine manufacturers brag about single-digit percentage gains in fuel efficiency precisely because those machines are near thermodynamic limits in converting heat to thrust. Mark Mills, Fortune, "The Real Reason Trump Left the Paris Agreement," 5 June 2017 But whirlwinds occasionally defy thermodynamic speed limits, said Nicholas Heavens, a planetary scientist at Hampton University who was not involved in the study but wrote a commentary about it. Joanna Klein, New York Times, "What Moves Gravel-Size Gypsum Crystals Around the Desert?," 21 Apr. 2017

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1849, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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thermodynamic

adjective
ther·​mo·​dy·​nam·​ic | \ˌthər-mō-dī-ˈnam-ik, -də- \
variants: also thermodynamical \ -​i-​kəl \

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 \ adverb

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