heat death

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heat death

n.
The eventual dispersion of all of the energy within a physical system to a completely uniform distribution of heat energy, that is, to maximum entropy. The Second Law of Thermodynamics predicts heat death for all macroscopic physical systems.

heat death

n
(General Physics) thermodynamics the condition of any closed system when its total entropy is a maximum and it has no available energy. If the universe is a closed system, it should eventually reach this state
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It could be imminent, or the economy could chug along until the heat death of the universe or, as we might call it, the Greatest Depression.
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