steady state theory: Meaning and Definition of

stead'y state' the"ory

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— Astron. Astron.
  1. a theory in which the universe is assumed to have average properties that are constant in space and time so that new matter must be continuously and spontaneously created to maintain average densities as the universe expands. Also calledCf.
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