strange attractor

noun
Physics. a stable, nonperiodic state or behavior exhibited by some dynamic systems, especially turbulent ones, that can be represented as a nonrepeating pattern in the system's phase space.
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strange attractor
 
n
maths a type of chaotic dynamical system

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strange attractor   (strānj)  Pronunciation Key 
See under attractor.
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Example sentences
The chaos pattern or strange attractor is the shape of the map that results.
Chaotic dynamical systems exhibit trajectories in their phase space that converge to a strange attractor.
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