third law of thermodynamics
qânun-e sevom-e garmâtavânik
Fr.: troisième loi de la thermodynamique
The → entropy of an idealized state of maximum order is zero at the temperature of → absolute zero. Another version of this law: As a system approaches absolute zero, all processes cease and the entropy of the system approaches a minimum value.
Fr.: troisième quartier
The phase of the Moon when half the visible disk of the waning Moon is illuminated. This quarter occurs when the celestial longitude of the Moon is 270° greater than the Sun's.
A cardinal number, 10 times 3.
M.E. thritty, O.E. thritig, from thri, threo "three" + -tig "group of ten, -ty."
Si, from Mid.Pers. sih; O.Pers. *ciθas nominative singular of *ciθant-; Av. θrisant- "thirty;" cf. Skt. trimśát- "thirty."
Fr.: classification de Tholen
A fundamental system for the classification of → asteroids based on → albedo and → spectral characteristics. The Tholen scheme includes 14 types with the majority of asteroids falling into one of three broad categories, and several smaller types. → C-type asteroid, → M-type asteroid, → S-type asteroid.
David J. Tholen (1984) Ph.D. thesis, University of Arizona; → classification.
The British physicist Sir Joseph John Thomson (1856-1940), discoverer of the electron (1897), Nobel Prize in Physics (1906). → Thomson atom, → Thomson cross section, → Thomson effect, → Thomson scattering, → Joule-Thomson effect.
atom-e Thomson (#)
Fr.: atome de Thomson
The earliest theoretical description of the inner structure of atoms whereby an atom consists of a sphere of positive electricity of uniform density, throughout which is distributed an equal and opposite charge in the form of electrons. The diameter of the sphere was supposed to be of the order of 10-8 cm, the magnitude found for the size of the atom. → Rutherford atom.
Thomson cross section
Fr.: section efficace de Thomson
The → cross section involved the → Thomson scattering of electromagnetic waves by a free electron. It is defined by: σT = 8πre2/3, where re is the classical → electron radius. Its value is 0.665 245 x 10-28 m2.
Fr.: effet de Thomson
The absorption or emission of heat when current is passed through a single conductor whose ends are kept at different temperatures. If current is passed from hotter end to colder end of a copper wire, then heat is evolved along the length of the wire. When current is passed from colder end to the hotter end, then heat is absorbed.
parâkaneš-e Thomson (#)
Fr.: diffusion de Thomson
The classical, → non-relativistic scattering of photons by free charged particles. When an electromagnetic wave is incident on a charged particle, the electric and magnetic components of the wave exert a force on the particle, setting it into motion. As it accelerates, it in turn radiates in all directions. Such scattering is independent of wavelength and equal numbers of photons are scattered forward and backward. Thomson scattering occurs in stellar atmospheres and in any non-relativistic → plasma. Thomson scattering is normally taken as the minimum → opacity.
A soft, ductile, lustrous, silver-white, radioactive metal; symbol Th. Atomic number 90; atomic weight 232.0381; melting point about 1,750°C; boiling point about 4,790°C; specific gravity 11.7 at 20°C. It was discovered in the mineral thorite (ThSiO4) by the Swedish chemist Jons Jacob Berzelius in 1828. It was first isolated by the chemists D. Lely Jr. and L. Hamburger in 1914.
From Thor, the "Scandinavian god of thunder."
Fr.: pensée, réflexion
The product of mental activity; that which one thinks; the act or process of thinking.
M.E. thoght; O.E. (ge)thoht, from stem thencan "to think;" cf. O.Fris. thinka, O.S. thenkian, O.H.G. denchen, Ger. denken "to think."
Andišé, noun from andišidan, → think.
andiš-âzmâyeš, âzmâyeš-e andišeyi
Fr.: expérience de pensée
A demonstration which is carried out in the realm of the imagination, rather than in a laboratory. Thought experiments are designed to test ideas, theories, and hypotheses which cannot physically be tested, at least with current scientific equipment. Some examples: → Maxwell's demon; → Einstein's elevator; Heisenberg's gamma-ray microscope; → Schrodinger's cat. Also called Gedanken experiment.
1) A declaration of an intention or determination to inflict punishment, injury, etc.,
in retaliation for, or conditionally upon, some action or course; menace.
M.E. threte, O.E. threat "pressure, oppression;" cognate with O.N. thraut "hardship, bitter end," Du. verdreiten, Ger. verdrießen "to vex," L. trudere "to press, thrust."
Harš, from Kurd. haraša "threat," haraša kirdan "threaten," related to Mid/Mod.Pers. rašk "envy, jealousy;" Lori, Laki erešt "assault, attack;" Tabari ârâšt "curse, anathema;" Av. arš- "to be envious;" Skt. īrs- "to be envious, envy;" Arm. her "anger, quarrel;" O.E. eorsian "to be malicious;" Proto-Ir. Harš- "to be envious."
1) To utter a threat against; menace.
From M.E. thretnen, from O.E. thrêatnian, → threat
Infinitive from harš, → threat.
A cardinal number, 2 plus 1.
M.E.; O.E. threo, thrib, feminin and neuter of thri(e); cf. O.Fris. thre, M.Du., Du. drie, O.H.G. dri, Ger. drei, Dan. tre), cognate with Pers. sé, as below.
Sé, from Mid.Pers. sé; Av. θrayô, θrayas, tisrô, θri; cf. Skt. tráya, tri, trini; Gk. treis, L. tres, Lith. trys, O.C.S. trye, Ir., Welsh tri, O.E. threo, as above; PIE base *trei-.
parâse-ye sé jesm
Fr.: problème à trois corps
The mathematical problem of studying the positions and velocities of three mutually attracting bodies (such as the Sun, Earth and Moon) and the stability of their motion. This problem is surprisingly difficult to solve, even in the simple case, called → restricted three-body problem, where one of the masses is taken to be negligibly small so that the problem simplifies to finding the behavior of the mass-less body in the combined gravitational field of the other two. See also → two-body problem, → n-body problem.
Fr.: écoulement tri-dimensionnel
A flow whose parameters (velocity, pressure, and so on) vary in all three coordinate directions. Considerable simplification in analysis may often be achieved, however, by selecting the coordinate directions so that appreciable variation of the parameters occurs in only two directions, or even only one (B. Massey, Mechanics of Fluids, Taylor & Francis, 2006).
The level that must be reached for a physical effect to begin or be noticeable.
M.E. threschold, O.E. threscold, threscwald "doorsill, point of entering."
Âstâné "threshold; a place of rest or sleeping," variant âstân; Mid.Pers. âstânak; ultimately from Proto-Iranian *ā-stānaka-, from *stā- "to stand;" cf. O.Pers./Av. sta- "to stand, stand still; set;" Av. hištaiti; Mid.Pers. êstâtan "to stand;" Mod.Pers. istâdan "to stand;" cf. Skt. sthâ- "to stand;" Gk. histemi "put, place, weigh," stasis "a standing still;" L. stare "to stand;" Lith. statau "place;" Goth. standan; PIE base *sta- "to stand."
Fr.: seuil d'énergie
The minimum energy necessary for the occurrence of some chemical/physical effect.
threshold of reaction
Fr.: seuil de réaction
The minimum energy, for an incident particle or photon, below which a particular reaction does not occur.