Word of the day

Hysteresis –  the phenomenon in which the value of a physical property lags behind changes in the effect causing it, as for instance when magnetic induction lags behind the magnetizing force; the dependence of the state of a system on its history; a retardation of an effect when the forces acting upon a body are changed; a property of a system such that an output value is not a strict function of the corresponding input, but also incorporates some lag, delay, or history dependence, and in particular when the response for a decrease in the input variable is different from the response for an increase.

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