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Definition a measure of the disorder in a system — especially where disorder is increasing


the amount of energy no longer available to do work in a system
  • The initial excitement and organization is giving way to entropy.
  • Entropy increases as matter and energy in the universe degrade to an ultimate state of inert uniformity.
  • You face reverse entropy of the soul.
    Stephen King  --  The Gunslinger
  • The Buddha knew one thing science didn't prove for millennia after his death: Entropy increases.
    John Green  --  Looking for Alaska
  • And the idea of entropy, are you familiar with it?
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
  • He began then, bewilderingly, to talk about something called entropy.
    Thomas Pynchon  --  The Crying of Lot 49
  • Gold resists the entropic laws of decay; that's one of the reasons the ancients considered it magical.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • Entropy, who can say what that is?
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • All things tend toward entropy.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Lost Souls
  • "Entropy," he said finally.
    Homer Hickam  --  October Sky
  • You're an entropic chaos factor."
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Played with Fire
  • They've already signed a contract with Entropy, Incorporated.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Tunnel In the Sky
  • This playful pocket of negative entropy had invented a "joke" and thrown Authority into panic—and I had made an easy dollar.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
  • The anti-entropic fields around them were expanding rapidly and the Shrike has begun ranging as far south as the Bridle Range.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • "Entropy!" the Judge squealed.
    John Gardner  --  The Sunlight Dialogues
  • "Entropy," she chirps.
    Veronica Roth  --  Insurgent
  • She was entropy itself.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Maelstrom
  • Damn you, Entropy!
    Andy Weir  --  The Martian
  • But I've never required it even when I was running the store full-time, as I've always been active and vigilant and perched right atop the ever-threatening domestic entropy and chaos.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • 14 MEETING the MAN The final fitful month of the school year is an entropic period, when the usual glow from dorm lounges, late-night pizza parlors, and fraternity keg rooms steadily ionizes into freefloating panic and rushed preparations for final testing and departure.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen

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