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nuclear physics

noun, (used with a singular verb)
the branch of physics that deals with the behavior, structure, and component parts of atomic nuclei.
Origin of nuclear physics
First recorded in 1930-35
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nuclear physicist, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for nuclear physics
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  • You and I, between us, knew everything that was going on in nuclear physics in the world.

    The Answer Henry Beam Piper
  • I told you, between us we know everything that was happening in nuclear physics then.

    The Answer Henry Beam Piper
  • As the title of the story indicates, he was even at that time occupied with the significance of atomic energy and nuclear physics.

    Islands of Space John W Campbell
  • The phrase "Education and experience in nuclear physics required," caught his eye.

    The Observers G. L. Vandenburg
  • About 86% of the operating time of the 184-inch synchrocyclotron is devoted to experiments in nuclear physics.

    LRL Accelerators Lawrence Radiation Laboratory
British Dictionary definitions for nuclear physics

nuclear physics

(functioning as sing) the branch of physics concerned with the structure and behaviour of the nucleus and the particles of which it consists
Derived Forms
nuclear physicist, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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nuclear physics in Science
nuclear physics  
The scientific study of the structure and behavior atomic nuclei. See also neutron, proton, strong force.

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