Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In physical, not having the same properties in all directions; non-isotropic; anisotropic: said of a body with reference to elasticity or the action upon it of light, heat, etc.
- n. A non-isotropic substance, or one having different properties in different directions, as a biaxial crystal.
- n. physics Pertaining to aeolotropy; of a body or substance, having physical properties (e.g., electric conductivity, refractive index) that depend on the direction in which they are measured.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. (Physics) Exhibiting differences of quality or property in different directions; having properties with different values along different axes; not isotropic. In specialized contexts, synonymous with anisotropic.
- adj. having properties with different values along different axes
- aeolo- + -tropic (Wiktionary)
“n. - first steam engine, with globe made to revolve by steam jets, described in 1st century AD. aeolotropic adj. - having different physical properties in different positions or directions.”
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