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Of, relating to, or being an unstable but relatively long-lived state of a chemical or physical system, as of a supersaturated solution or an excited atom.

met′a·sta·bil′i·ty (-stə-bĭl′ĭ-tē) n.
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Noun1.metastability - the quality of a physical system that persists in its existing equilibrium when undisturbed (or only slightly disturbed) but able to pass to a more stable equilibrium when sufficiently disturbedmetastability - the quality of a physical system that persists in its existing equilibrium when undisturbed (or only slightly disturbed) but able to pass to a more stable equilibrium when sufficiently disturbed
constancy, stability - the quality of being enduring and free from change or variation; "early mariners relied on the constancy of the trade winds"
natural philosophy, physics - the science of matter and energy and their interactions; "his favorite subject was physics"
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Jeremy Gilbert adapts Georges Simondon's concept of provisional unity or metastability for this matter, allowing us to see transitional structure as a loose convergence that lets a collectivity stay bound to the ordinary even as some of its forms of life are fraying, wasting, and developing offshoots among types of speculative practice from the paranoid to the queer utopian (Gilbert, 2014: 107-118).
The metastability of the transformation is dependent on the composition, size, shape of the zirconia particles, the type and amount of the stabilizing oxides, the interaction of zirconia with other phases and the processing [13].
Clough has further insisted that affects indicate a passage of the body beyond equilibrium, a transformative opening of its underpinning sources to fresh and non-linear connections, hence configuring it, in our terms, as a defunctionalized surface of inscription: "Affect refers to the metastability of a body, where the unstable pre-individual forces, which make up the body's metastability, are neither in a linear relationship nor a deterministic one to it .
Actually, a modified model has been proposed by Chen and Karger-Kocsis [58] which combines the concept of metastability and the theory of shear-induced crystallization without assuming epitaxial growth to explain shear induce [beta]-iPP.
Metastability and its application to human movement: For the individual, minor challenges of balance can be easily compensated for by conscious and unconscious motor control mechanisms.
This system offers useful elements with which to think of leadership in general, the continuum that goes from the simplest to more elaborate forms of leadership, and distributed leadership as efforts to slow down the stabilization of parts of the network-system (and the structuration or prise de forme that their propagation could produce) in order to extend metastability over time.
Several studies have shown that the metastability of anatase is functioning of the pressure and dependent of the size, since the smaller the crystals; the structure is preserved at higher pressures.
Dynamic Stabilization of Technological Systems for Processing Edge Cutting Through the Local Metastability.
The new proposed graphical treatment estimation method is not hence destined for waters with very close metastability domain.
metastability, enables their: i) long-range transport, bioaccurnulation in biological tissue, and, consequent, iii) biomagnification in ecological biocycles.
Metastability and Markov State Models in Molecular Dynamics: Modeling, Analysis, Algorithmic Approaches
LTD is based upon the same mechanism as PTT; that is it requires the presence of t-ZrO2 grains in thermodynamic metastability which can undergo t-m transformation.