entropy
noun (plural -pies) Etymology: International Scientific Vocabulary 2en- + Greek tropē 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 3. chaos, disorganization, randomness • entropic adjectiveentropically adverb

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