Metastable state

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A metastable state is a state of a system which is stable over one time-scale and unstable over another timescale. It represents a local, but not global, minimum in the energy landscape of the system.

Depiction of metastable state where state 1 is the metastable state, state 2 is the transition state, and state 3 is the stable state. (Image from Wikipedia)

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Flowing Crystals: Nonequilibrium Structure of Foam