[ thur-moh-dahy-nam-ik ]
/ ˌθɜr moʊ daɪˈnæm ɪk /


of or relating to thermodynamics.
using or producing heat.
Sometimes ther·mo·dy·nam·i·cal.

Origin of thermodynamic

First recorded in 1840–50; thermo- + dynamic
Related formsther·mo·dy·nam·i·cal·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for thermodynamic

  • At present we consider some of the thermodynamic relations of the properties of bodies arrived at by Thomson.

    Lord Kelvin|Andrew Gray
  • But then the source provided by the thermodynamic view just stated had ceased to exist.

    Lord Kelvin|Andrew Gray
  • The whole study of thermodynamic equilibrium has been reduced by the French mathematical school to a question of probability.

    A Librarian's Open Shelf|Arthur E. Bostwick

British Dictionary definitions for thermodynamic



/ (ˌθɜːməʊdaɪˈnæmɪk) /


of or concerned with thermodynamics
determined by or obeying the laws of thermodynamics
Derived Formsthermodynamically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for thermodynamic



1849, from thermo- + dynamic (adj.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for thermodynamic


[ thûr′mō-dī-nămĭk ]


Characteristic of or resulting from the conversion of heat into other forms of energy.
Of or relating to thermodynamics.
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