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atomics

[uh-tom-iks] /əˈtɒm ɪks/
noun, (used with a singular verb) Informal.
1.
the branch of physics that deals with atoms, especially atomic energy.
Origin of atomics
See origin at atomic, -ics
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  • Now, with atomics and filters on every stack in every home, the city was clean.

    The Circuit Riders R. C. FitzPatrick
  • When we left Earth, most of the population had been wiped out by atomics.

    I Like Martian Music Charles E. Fritch
  • Mars iron built the ships and powered the atomics that had conquered the galaxy.

    Noble Redman Jesse Franklin Bone
  • They don't run on atomics, need some kind of fuel, and they have to have new supplies every so often.

    Star Born Andre Norton
  • Noble, the blond youth, frantically examining the atomics, was a bio-chemist.

    Planet of the Gods Robert Moore Williams
  • We had a weapon in our favor, the most dangerous weapon ever devised, a thousand times more potent than atomics.

    Bear Trap Alan Edward Nourse
  • But that's quite all right because, as it happens, I'm an atomics technician and I even worked on that very bomb.

    The Big Time Fritz Reuter Leiber
  • Behind the atomics were the Kruchek drivers, twin brawny giants chained to the treadmill they pushed through the skies.

    Planet of the Gods Robert Moore Williams
  • You see, the drives are not what they were cooked up to be—the atomics leak, and it wasn't found out until too late.

    The Hell Ship Raymond Alfred Palmer
  • Under daylight atomics the transport engineers in their glass perches read the dials and turned the switches.

    The Syndic C.M. Kornbluth

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