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[gloo-on] /ˈglu ɒn/
noun, Physics.
an unobserved massless particle with spin 1 that is believed to transmit the strong force between quarks, binding them together into baryons and mesons.
Origin of gluon
First recorded in 1970-75; glue + -on1 Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for gluon


a hypothetical particle believed to be exchanged between quarks in order to bind them together to form particles
Word Origin
C20: from glue + -on
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gluon in Science
The subatomic particle that mediates the strong force. The exchange of gluons between two quarks changes the color of the quarks and results in the attractive force holding them together in hadrons. Gluons are bosons. See Table at subatomic particle.
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