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

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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 delving too deeply into the science behind the mathematics (see here for details), the bifurcation process is based on thermodynamic principles based on energy levels. John Prisco, Forbes, 20 Apr. 2021 Give yourself every thermodynamic advantage possible. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, 31 Dec. 2020 But researchers have also realized that we can be fooled by entirely nonbiological environments that churn out these compounds in unbalanced mixes—far from the expectations of chemical equilibrium based on the simplest thermodynamic rules. Caleb A. Scharf, Scientific American, 5 Oct. 2020 The new engine's 7200-rpm redline is only 200-rpm higher, but AMG says that the better thermodynamic balance from the flat-plane's firing cycle that alternates between cylinder banks creates more balanced gas flow. Mike Duff, Car and Driver, 4 Oct. 2020 In reality, given the constant through-put of energy, the Bénard cells are far from thermodynamic equilibrium, and the same is true of any living organism. Andrew Crumey, WSJ, 2 Oct. 2020 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, 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, 2 May 2020 Consciousness may involve thermodynamic or quantum processes that lend the impression of living moment by moment. Paul Davies, Scientific American, 24 Oct. 2014

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First Known Use of thermodynamic

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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“Thermodynamic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/thermodynamic. Accessed 5 Aug. 2021.

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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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