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Dec 26, 2014
This week’s theme
Words from science that have different senses in everyday use

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optics
epicenter
quantum
theory
entropy

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with Anu Garg

entropy

PRONUNCIATION:
(EN-truh-pee)

MEANING:
noun:
1. A measure of the disorder in a system.
2. The natural tendency of things to decline into disorder.
3. Disorder, randomness, or chaos.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Greek en- (in) + trope (transformation). Ultimately from the Indo-European root trep- (to turn), which also gave us troubadour, tropic, contrive, and tropism. Earliest documented use: 1868.

USAGE:
“In the more than 15 years since it was decorated by Marc Charbonnet ... the Fox-Pollan residence had gradually become a monument to entropy.”
Jesse Kornbluth; Family Wise; Architectural Digest (Los Angeles); Dec 12, 2012.

See more usage examples of entropy in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
If you pray for rain long enough, it eventually does fall. If you pray for floodwaters to abate, they eventually do. The same happens in the absence of prayers. -Steve Allen, television host, musician, actor, comedian, and writer (1921-2000)

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