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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Physics A stable condition that does not change over time or in which change in one direction is continually balanced by change in another.

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  • n. Any state that does not change over time, or is in a dynamic equilibrium

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Examples

  • And the faceless millions dead for no reason, dead from stupidity and carelessness and a simple disregard for the tenets of the Sentinels — that each rivulet of downworld magic released an upworld river; that good begat good and evil begat evil; that Sentinels protected life; and most of all the Sentinels did not interfere with the natural workings of the worlds below and beside them, but worked only to stabilize the flow of magic between the worlds and maintain the steady state of the universes.

    Memory of Fire

  • Their hands are in a steady state of digital exploration; they keep going off on finger safaris, having to make frequent tactile contact and satisfy their need to touch, as they progress from rubbing their nose, to feeling the undersurface of their desk, to grabbing a classmate, or curling and twirling their hair.

    A Mind at a Time

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