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CERN

  1. European Laboratory for Particle Physics; formerly called European Organization for Nuclear Research: an international research organization based in Geneva, Switzerland.


CERN

/ sɜːn /

acronym for

  1. Conseil Européen pour la Recherche Nucléaire; an organization of European states with a centre in Geneva for research in high-energy particle physics, now called the European Laboratory for Particle Physics


CERN

  1. An acronym for French words meaning European Center for Nuclear Research. Supported by a consortium of European countries, CERN is an advanced scientific research institute in Geneva, Switzerland. It is one of the premier locations for particle physics research.


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Notes

After the year 2007, CERN will be the location of the world's largest particle accelerator .
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Word History and Origins

Origin of CERN1

< French, for C ( onseil ) e ( uropéen pour la ) r ( echerche ) n ( ucléaire )
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Example Sentences

That boxy, black desktop, which cost CERN around $10,000 at the time, has spawned a sprawling and largely unregulated universe.

In July 2012, headlines screamed of the possible discovery of the “God particle” by scientists at CERN.

Correction: An original version of this article stated that CERN was on the east side of Geneva.

Unlike the CERN researchers I do not “sweat the small stuff”.

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