Found 2 items, similar to Reversible process.
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Definition: reversible process
n : any process in which a system can be made to pass through
the same states in the reverse order when the process is
reversed [ant: irreversible process
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Definition: Reversible process
, n. [F. proc[`e]s, L. processus. See
1. The act of proceeding; continued forward movement;
procedure; progress; advance. “Long process of time.”
The thoughts of men are widened with the process of
the suns. --Tennyson.
2. A series of actions, motions, or occurrences; progressive
act or transaction; continuous operation; normal or actual
course or procedure; regular proceeding; as, the process
of vegetation or decomposition; a chemical process;
processes of nature.
Tell her the process of Antonio's end. --Shak.
3. A statement of events; a narrative. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
4. (Anat. & Zo["o]l.) Any marked prominence or projecting
part, especially of a bone; anapophysis.
5. (Law) The whole course of proceedings in a cause real or
personal, civil or criminal, from the beginning to the end
of the suit; strictly, the means used for bringing the
defendant into court to answer to the action; -- a generic
term for writs of the class called judicial.
[from H. Deacon, who introduced it]
(Chem.), a method of obtaining chlorine gas by passing
hydrochloric acid gas over heated slag which has been
previously saturated with a solution of some metallic
salt, as sulphate of copper.
(Practice), a writ of execution in an action
at law. --Burrill.
, in the condition of advance, accomplishment,
transaction, or the like; begun, and not completed.
(Law), the process by which a jury is summoned
in a cause, and by which their attendance is enforced.
(Chem.), the process of manufacturing
soda by treating salt with sulphuric acid, reducing the
sodium sulphate so formed to sodium sulphide by roasting
with charcoal, and converting the sodium sulphide to
sodium carbonate by roasting with lime.
. See under Mesne
, the process of high milling for grinding
flour. See under Milling
(Thermodynamics), any process consisting
of a cycle of operations such that the different
operations of the cycle can be performed in reverse order
with a reversal of their effects.
, a. [Cf. F. r['e]versible revertible,
1. Capable of being reversed; as, a chair or seat having a
reversible back; a reversible judgment or sentence.
2. Hence, having a pattern or finished surface on both sides,
so that either may be used; -- said of fabrics.
, a lock that may be applied to a door
opening in either direction, or hinged to either jamb.
. See under Process