metastability - definition and synonyms

noun
  1.   From our crowdsourced Open Dictionary
    1
    in physics, a situation in which an isolated system spends time in a state other than the state of least energy

    The universe could last a long time - 13.8 billion years or (hopefully!) more - a situation called "metastability".

    Submitted from United Kingdom on 14/01/2015
  2.   From our crowdsourced Open Dictionary
    2
    in electronics, the ability of a digital electronic system to persist for an unlimited time in an unstable equilibrium

    Metastability is a phenomenon that can cause system failure in digital devices.

    Submitted from United Kingdom on 14/01/2015