Definition of alpha state in English:

alpha state

noun

  • 1Chiefly Metallurgy. The state of a substance designated by the term alpha.

  • 2Psychology. A state in which the dominant rhythm of the brain's electrical activity is alpha waves; (hence) a state of extreme mental relaxation supposedly encountered when the brain is dominated by alpha waves.

Origin

Mid 19th century. From alpha + state.

Pronunciation

alpha state

/ˈalfə ˌsteɪt/