heat death


Also found in: Dictionary, Wikipedia.
Related to heat death: Cold death

heat death

[′hēt ‚deth]
(thermodynamics)
The condition of any isolated system when its entropy reaches a maximum, in which matter is totally disordered and at a uniform temperature, and no energy is available for doing work.
References in periodicals archive ?
We obtained mortality data from the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) National Vital Statistics System for the years 1999-2009 and identified records representing heat deaths based on International Classification of Diseases, 10th revision (ICD-10; www.
Don't worry about the proliferation of screens, the proliferation of superheroes, the proliferations of regulations or the proliferation of bootlegging; endless proliferation of the same ol' same ol' may be a sign of cultural heat death, but it's only in the face of that limit that creation happens.
What about the heat death that is every day, when his breath and his
Using excerpts from Thompson, Swinburne, and Stewart and Lockyer, Appendix D on "Heat Death, Entropy, and Time" connects the form of the novel and Conrad's own "attack on time" to contemporary concerns about entropy and heat death, which themselves evoke the discourse on the decline of Victorian ideals and degeneration.
Ain't it interesting how our elected geniuses can take the "UHD" of Universal Heat Death and rearrange the letters to "DUH"?
The nursery rhyme alluded to by the title and echoed in one of the story titles, "Ashes Ashes We All Fall Down," sets the tone for the entropic movement toward heat death suggested in these stories.
effects of extreme heat, heat death tolls will dwarf current annual
But until the universe falls into some sort of gravy-like entropic heat death, things outside of our control will continue to change, so there isn't a whole lot of choice--assuming we want to avoid eternal broasting.
The Heat Death of the Universe won't happen tomorrow, and I'll take Wes Jackson's 10,000 years for want of a longer term.
This picture of artistic heat death is only this observer's fantasy, but it opens a pathway of interpretation into the domain of Thanatos, which has become the central subject of Le Va's work.
Gardner, on his excited way to a black hole where a "baby universe" will shortly be hatched to house "a transhuman rapture," rhapsodizes about everything from the explosive formation of stars, planets, and "autocatalytic webs of complex carbon-based polymers" to string theory, wormholes, heat death, and "symbiogenesis.
The fact that we arose only about a quarter of the way from the first appearance of complex land life to the Earth's eventual heat death suggests that after humanity vanishes (assuming we do), evolution on Earth is likely to toss up several new, completely different intelligent species in the coming billion years (who will find our fossils).