thermodynamic

adjective

ther·​mo·​dy·​nam·​ic ˌthər-mō-dī-ˈna-mik How to pronounce thermodynamic (audio)
-də-
variants or less commonly thermodynamical
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
thermodynamically adverb

Examples of thermodynamic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Normal Computing’s stochastic processing unit, or SPU, exploits the thermodynamic properties of electrical oscillators to perform calculations using random fluctuations that occur inside the circuits. Will Knight, WIRED, 18 Jan. 2024 Every tenth of a degree of global warming represents extra thermodynamic fuel that intensifies heat waves and storms, adds to rising seas and hastens the melting of glaciers and ice sheets. Keith Collins, New York Times, 9 Jan. 2024 The coldness of deep space is a thermodynamic resource, and largely untapped. Sid Assawaworrarit, IEEE Spectrum, 25 Nov. 2023 Featuring the thermodynamic technology that made the line big, the cooler keeps your arsenal of drinks, your morning’s catch, and your camp essentials cold for days, with sturdy portability and stunning aesthetics. Red Fabbri, Travel + Leisure, 24 Nov. 2023 Diffusion is driven by thermodynamic forces, whereas Poisson flow is driven by electrostatic forces. Steve Nadis, Quanta Magazine, 19 Sep. 2023 One way to measure the amount of information is through entropy, a thermodynamic concept that is loosely related to the amount of disorder in a system. Popular Mechanics, 31 July 2023 Determining the thermodynamic stability of any material, such as a sodium-doped cathode, requires measuring the energy involved in its formation, also called the reaction energy, from the reactant components—in this case, the lithium metal oxide and sodium metal oxides. IEEE Spectrum, 20 July 2023 Basically, the energy conversion in systems that are in thermodynamic equilibrium can be described almost entirely by their density and pressure. Jackie Appel, Popular Mechanics, 24 Feb. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1849, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of thermodynamic was in 1849

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Cite this Entry

“Thermodynamic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/thermodynamic. Accessed 26 May. 2024.

Medical Definition

thermodynamic

adjective
ther·​mo·​dy·​nam·​ic ˌthər-mō-dī-ˈnam-ik, -də- How to pronounce thermodynamic (audio)
variants also thermodynamical
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
thermodynamically adverb
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