Meaning of ENTROPY in English


Pronunciation: ' en-tr ə -p ē

Function: noun

Inflected Form: plural -pies

Etymology: International Scientific Vocabulary 2 en- + Greek trop ē change, literally, turn, from trepein to turn

Date: 1875

1 : a measure of the unavailable energy in a closed thermodynamic system that is also usually considered to be a measure of the system's disorder, that is a property of the system's state, and that varies directly with any reversible change in heat in the system and inversely with the temperature of the system broadly : the degree of disorder or uncertainty in a system

2 a : the degradation of the matter and energy in the universe to an ultimate state of inert uniformity b : a process of degradation or running down or a trend to disorder


– en · tro · pic \ en- ' tr ō -pik, - ' trä-pik \ adjective

– en · tro · pi · cal · ly \ -pi-k( ə -)l ē \ adverb

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