American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Identical in all directions; invariant with respect to direction.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Having the same properties in all directions: said of a medium with respect to elasticity, conduction of heat or electricity, or radiation of heat and light. Thus, all crystallized substances belonging to the isometric system are isotropic with respect to heat and light.
- Having equal, common, or non-specific developmental capacity.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. (Physics) Having the same properties in all directions; specifically, equally elastic in all directions.
- adj. invariant with respect to direction
- From iso- + Ancient Greek τρὁπος ("turn, way, manner, disposition") + -ic. Compare Ancient Greek ἰσὁτροπος of like character (Wiktionary)
“Poplawski takes advantage of the Euclidean-based coordinate system called isotropic coordinates to describe the gravitational field of a black hole and to model the radial geodesic motion of a massive particle into a black hole.”
“You get things that are round when those forces are isotropic, that is, felt equally in all directions.”
“Zhang and co go on to prove their assertion by tracing a ray that passes through the kind of isotropic carpet cloak that Pendry suggested.”
“Given the assumption that the matter in the universe is homogeneous and isotropic (The Cosmological Principle) it can be shown that the corresponding distortion of space-time (due to the gravitational effects of this matter) can only have one of three forms, as shown schematically in the picture at left.”
“Also, with vacuum manufacturing on the Moon and processing of silicon you can do gaseous diffusion to get silicon 28 in bulk, which has 400% the heat dissipation of standard isotropic silicon.”
“Once you have the arc of the story, the process moves toward isotropic tuning.”
“I call it “isotropic platting” after the “isobar”.”
“Your glasses gimme the read they always have, low-temp isotropic carbons.”
“And into self replicating A-life out of the isotropic soup.”
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