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entropy

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First attested in 1868. From German Entropie (first coined 1865 by Rudolph Clausius), from Ancient Greek ἐντροπία (entropia), a turning towards) < ἐν (en), in) + τροπή (a turning).

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entropy

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entrop

entropy (entrop)
  1. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1)
    1. strictly thermodynamic entropy. A measure of the amount of energy in a physical system which cannot be used to do mechanical work.
    2. A measure of the disorder present in a system (now becoming obsolete in chemistry [1]).
    3. The capacity factor for thermal energy that is hidden with respect to temperature [2].
    4. The dispersal of energy; how much energy is spread out in a process, or how widely spread out it becomes, at a specific temperature. [3]
  2. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) A measure of the amount of information and noise present in a signal.
  3. (uncountable) The tendency of a system that is left to itself to descend into chaos.

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