First attested in 1867, as the translation of German Entropie, coined in 1865 by Rudolph Clausius in analogy to Energie (“energy”), replacing the root of Ancient Greek ἔργον (érgon, “work”) by Ancient Greek τροπή (tropḗ, “transformation”)).
- A measure of the disorder present in a system.
- (thermodynamics, countable) A measure of the amount of energy in a physical system that cannot be used to do work.
- The capacity factor for thermal energy that is hidden with respect to temperature.
- The dispersal of energy; how much energy is spread out in a process, or how widely spread out it becomes, at a specific temperature.
- (statistics, information theory, countable) A measure of the amount of information and noise present in a signal.
- (uncountable) The tendency of a system that is left to itself to descend into chaos.
term in thermodynamics
measure of the amount of information in a signal
tendency of a system to descend into chaos
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Translations to be checked
- entropy in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
- entropy in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911
- entropy at OneLook Dictionary Search
- ^ Clinton D. Stoner (2001-11-07), “Inquiries into the Nature of Free Energy and Entropy in Respect to Biochemical Thermodynamics”, in arXiv, DOI:10.3390/e2030106, arXiv: physics/0004055
- ^ Frank Lambert (February 2006), “A Student’s Approach to the Second Law and Entropy”, in Entropy Site, archived from the original on 2006-07-02, retrieved 2022-02-20