phase transition(redirected from First-order phase transition)
Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Encyclopedia.
A change in a feature of a physical system, often involving the absorption or emission of energy from the system, resulting in a transition of that system to another state. The melting of ice is a phase transition of water from a solid phase to a liquid phase, requiring energy in the form of heat.
Switch to new thesaurus
|Noun||1.||phase transition - a change from one state (solid or liquid or gas) to another without a change in chemical composition|
liquefaction - the conversion of a solid or a gas into a liquid
natural action, natural process, action, activity - a process existing in or produced by nature (rather than by the intent of human beings); "the action of natural forces"; "volcanic activity"
melt, melting, thaw, thawing - the process whereby heat changes something from a solid to a liquid; "the power failure caused a refrigerator melt that was a disaster"; "the thawing of a frozen turkey takes several hours"