Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Word 2911: Entropy

noun Physics
a thermodynamic quantity representing the unavailability of a system's thermal energy for conversion into mechanical work, often interpreted as the degree of disorder or randomness in the system. (Symbol: S)
figurative lack of order or predictability; gradual decline into disorder
• (in information theory) a logarithmic measure of the rate of transfer of information in a particular message or language