ther·​mo·​dy·​nam·​ics | \ ˌthər-mō-dī-ˈna-miks How to pronounce thermodynamics (audio) , -də- \

Definition of thermodynamics

1 : physics that deals with the mechanical action or relations of heat
2 : thermodynamic processes and phenomena

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Other Words from thermodynamics

thermodynamicist \ ˌthər-​mō-​dī-​ˈna-​mə-​sist How to pronounce thermodynamicist (audio) , -​də-​ \ noun

Examples of thermodynamics in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But predicting the exact aftermath of a messy explosion involving gravity, thermodynamics and particle physics represents something of a cosmic final exam that astrophysicists are still working on. Charlie Wood, Scientific American, "Mystery Object Blurs Line between Neutron Stars and Black Holes," 30 June 2020 Because nature abounds with irreversible physical processes, the second law of thermodynamics plays a key role in imprinting on the world a conspicuous asymmetry between past and future directions along the time axis. Paul Davies, Scientific American, "Time’s Passage is Probably an Illusion," 24 Oct. 2014

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First Known Use of thermodynamics

1854, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of thermodynamics was in 1854

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14 Jul 2020

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“Thermodynamics.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/thermodynamics. Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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thermodynamics

noun
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English Language Learners Definition of thermodynamics

technical : a science that deals with the action of heat and related forms of energy

thermodynamics

noun plural but singular or plural in construction
ther·​mo·​dy·​nam·​ics | \ -iks How to pronounce thermodynamics (audio) \

Medical Definition of thermodynamics

1 : physics that deals with the mechanical action or relations of heat
2 : thermodynamic processes and phenomena

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