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atomic

[ uh-tom-ik ]
/ əˈtɒm ɪk /
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adjective

of, pertaining to, resulting from, or using atoms, atomic energy, or atomic bombs: an atomic explosion.
propelled or driven by atomic energy: an atomic submarine.
Chemistry. existing as free, uncombined atoms.
extremely minute.

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Origin of atomic

First recorded in 1670–80; atom + -ic

OTHER WORDS FROM atomic

a·tom·i·cal·ly, adverbnon·a·tom·ic, adjectivenon·a·tom·i·cal, adjectivenon·a·tom·i·cal·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for atomic

atomic
/ (əˈtɒmɪk) /

adjective

of, using, or characterized by atomic bombs or atomic energyatomic warfare
of, related to, or comprising atomsatomic hydrogen
extremely small; minute
logic (of a sentence, formula, etc) having no internal structure at the appropriate level of analysis. In predicate calculus, Fa is an atomic sentence and Fx an atomic predicate

Derived forms of atomic

atomically, adverb
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Scientific definitions for atomic

atomic
[ ə-tŏmĭk ]

Relating to an atom or to atoms.
Employing nuclear energy.
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