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

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This thermodynamic skittishness is passed on to the air above. The Economist, "The South Asian monsoon, past, present and future," 27 June 2019 Traditional thermodynamic equations work well only for studying near-equilibrium systems like a gas that is slowly being heated or cooled. Quanta Magazine, "First Support for a Physics Theory of Life," 16 June 2019 Are the upper and lower mantle chemically distinct, and if so, how do the separate thermodynamic cycles work? Jill Kiedaisch, Popular Mechanics, "Seismologists Discover Mountain Ranges 410 Miles Below Earth’s Surface," 19 Feb. 2019 Kelvin Droegemeier great example of nominative determinism — where your name lines up with your job — as Kelvin is the name of a unit on the thermodynamic temperature scale (one Kelvin is equal to one degree on the Celsius scale). Umair Irfan, Vox, "Trump finally picked a science adviser. He’s a meteorologist. Named Kelvin.," 1 Aug. 2018 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

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First Known Use of thermodynamic

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- 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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