- a minute portion, piece, fragment, or amount; a tiny or very small bit: a particle of dust; not a particle of supporting evidence.
- one of the extremely small constituents of matter, as an atom or nucleus.
- an elementary particle, quark, or gluon.
- a body in which the internal motion is negligible.
- a clause or article, as of a document.
- (in some languages) one of the major form classes, or parts of speech, consisting of words that are neither nouns nor verbs, or of all uninflected words, or the like.
- such a word.
- a small word of functional or relational use, as an article, preposition, or conjunction, whether of a separate form class or not.
- Roman Catholic Church. a small piece of the Host given to each lay communicant in a Eucharistic service.
Origin of particle
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Examples from the Web for particle
When the Higgs particle was discovered, everywhere I went I heard people wondering about its significance.The New 'Cosmos' Reboot Marks a Promising New Era for Science
Lawrence M. Krauss
March 10, 2014
After episodes of not-so-subtly mentioning the particle accelerator at S.T.A.R Labs, we finally get what we want.
After eight episodes of not-so-subtly mentioning the particle accelerator at S.T.A.R Labs, we finally get what we want.
For 50 years, scientists had predicted the existence of the particle we now know as Higgs boson, which gives mass to matter.Give It Up for the Other Nobel Prize Winners
October 12, 2013
Instead, Davis said with a hearty chuckle, “Marshall gave me a book on particle physics to read overnight.”The Original Gone Girls: Dorothy Salisbury Davis and Other Forgotten Pioneers of Crime Fiction
August 27, 2013
We see nothing but nature; not a particle of false delicacy or finesse.Female Scripture Biographies, Vol. I
Francis Augustus Cox
Every particle of fat should be carefully skimmed from the surface.
Then skim and strain it, carefully removing every particle of fat.
But Dick remembered his mission, and his resolve to perform it was not shaken a particle.The Rock of Chickamauga
Joseph A. Altsheler
I have discovered how to disunite that force and that particle.Jennie Baxter, Journalist
- an extremely small piece of matter; speck
- a very tiny amount; iotait doesn't make a particle of difference
- a function word, esp (in certain languages) a word belonging to an uninflected class having suprasegmental or grammatical functionthe Greek particles ``mēn'' and ``de'' are used to express contrast; questions in Japanese are indicated by the particle ``ka''; English ``up'' is sometimes regarded as an adverbial particle
- a common affix, such as re-, un-, or -ness
- physics a body with finite mass that can be treated as having negligible size, and internal structure
- See elementary particle
- RC Church a small piece broken off from the Host at Mass
- archaic a section or clause of a document
Word Origin and History for particle
late 14c., "small part or division of a whole, minute portion of matter," from Latin particula "little bit or part, grain, jot," diminutive of pars (genitive partis) "part;" see part (n.). Particle physics attested from 1969. In construction, particle board (1957) is so called because it is made from chips and shavings of wood.
- A very small piece or part.
- An elementary particle.
- A subatomic particle.
- A very small piece of solid matter.
- An elementary particle, subatomic particle, or atomic nucleus. Also called corpuscle