adiabatic envelope

adiabatic envelope

[¦ad·ē·ə¦bad·ik ′en·və‚lōp]
(thermodynamics)
A surface enclosing a thermodynamic system in an equilibrium which can be disturbed only by long-range forces or by motion of part of the envelope; intuitively, this means that no heat can flow through the surface.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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