Maxwell's demon(redirected from Maxwell's daemon)
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Max·well's demon(măks′wĕlz′, -wəlz)
An imaginary creature who is able to sort hot molecules from cold molecules without expending energy, thus bringing about a general decrease in entropy and violating the second law of thermodynamics.
[After James Clerk Maxwell.]
|Noun||1.||Maxwell's demon - an imaginary creature that controls a small hole in a partition that divides a chamber filled with gas into two parts and allows fast molecules to move in one direction and slow molecules to move in the other direction through the hole; this would result in one part of the container becoming warmer and the other cooler, thus decreasing entropy and violating the second law of thermodynamics|