butterfly effect
noun Date: 1984 a property of chaotic systems (as the atmosphere) by which small changes in initial conditions can lead to large-scale and unpredictable variation in the future state of the system

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Butterfly effect — bezeichnet: Schmetterlingseffekt, ein Phänomen aus der Chaos und Stabilitätstheorie fälschlich synonym den Schneeballeffekt in der Umgangssprache, bei dem kleine Effekte sich über eine Kettenreaktion selbst verstärken The Butterfly Effect, eine… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Butterfly effect — For other uses, see Butterfly effect (disambiguation). Point attractors in 2D phase space. In chaos theory, the butterfly effect is the sensitive dependence on initial conditions; where a small change at one place in a nonlinear system can result …   Wikipedia

  • Butterfly Effect — Filmdaten Deutscher Titel Butterfly Effect Originaltitel The Butterfly Effect …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Butterfly effect — L Effet papillon (film, 2004) Pour les articles homonymes, voir L Effet papillon et Butterfly. L Effet papillon Titre original The Butterfly Effect Réalisation Eric Bress J. Mackye Gruber Acteurs principaux …   Wikipédia en Français

  • butterfly effect — noun the phenomenon whereby a small change at one place in a complex system can have large effects elsewhere, e.g., a butterfly flapping its wings in Rio de Janeiro might change the weather in Chicago • Hypernyms: ↑consequence, ↑effect, ↑outcome …   Useful english dictionary

  • butterfly effect — but′terfly effect n. a cumulatively large effect that a very small natural force may produce over a period of time • Etymology: 1980–85; so called from the notion that the fluttering of a butterfly s wings may set off currents that will grow into …   From formal English to slang

  • butterfly effect — a cumulatively large effect that a very small natural force may produce over a period of time. [1980 85; so called from the notion that the fluttering of a butterfly s wings may set off currents that will grow into a large storm] * * * …   Universalium

  • butterfly effect — /ˈbʌtəflaɪ əfɛkt/ (say butuhfluy uhfekt) noun the effect by which a minute variation in a dynamic system can lead to a large consequence. See chaos theory. {from the image of a butterfly wing flapping on one side of the world being instrumental… …   Australian English dictionary

  • butterfly effect — noun (with reference to chaos theory) the phenomenon whereby a minute localized change in a complex system can have large effects elsewhere. Origin 1980s: from the notion that a butterfly fluttering in Rio de Janeiro could change the weather in… …   English new terms dictionary

  • butterfly effect — noun The technical notion of sensitive dependence on initial conditions in chaos theory …   Wiktionary

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”