- physics the condition of a system when some or all of the quantities describing it are independent of time but not necessarily in thermodynamic or chemical equilibriumSee also equilibrium (def. 6)
Examples from the Web for steady state
The pulsing, steady-state equation of the universe maintained its knife-edge and inevitable thermo-dynamic balance.General Max Shorter
Kris Ottman Neville
- A state obtained in moderate muscular exercise when the removal of lactic acid by oxidation keeps pace with its production.
- A condition in which the formation of substances keeps pace with their destruction so that all volumes, concentrations, pressures, and flows remain constant.
- A stable condition that does not change over time or in which change in one direction is continually balanced by change in another.
- A condition of a physical system or device that does not change over time, or in which any one change is continually balanced by another, such as the stable condition of a system in equilibrium.