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entropy [[ntrYpj] n pl -pies 1. (Physics / General Physics) a thermodynamic quantity that changes in a reversible process by an amount equal to the heat absorbed or emitted divided by the thermodynamic temperature. It is measured in joules per kelvin. Symbol S See also law of thermodynamics [1] 2. (Physics / General Physics) a statistical measure of the disorder of a closed system expressed by S = klog P + c where P is the probability that a particular state of the system exists, k is the Boltzmann constant, and c is another constant 3. lack of pattern or organization; disorder 4. (Electronics & Computer Science / Communications & Information) a measure of the efficiency of a system, such as a code or language, in transmitting information [from en-2 + -trope]

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