entropy: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (en'tru-pē), [key]
- (on a macroscopic scale) a function of thermodynamic variables, as temperature, pressure, or composition, that is a measure of the energy that is not available for work during a thermodynamic process. A closed system evolves toward a state of maximum entropy.
- (in statistical mechanics) a measure of the randomness of the microscopic constituents of a thermodynamic system. Symbol: S
- (in data transmission and information theory) a measure of the loss of information in a transmitted signal or message.
- (in cosmology) a hypothetical tendency for the universe to attain a state of maximum homogeneity in which all matter is at a uniform temperature
- a doctrine of inevitable social decline and degeneration.
- entropy (Thesaurus)