delta ray


noun Physics.

a low-energy electron emitted by a substance after bombardment by higher-energy particles, as alpha particles.

Nearby words

  1. delta force,
  2. delta function,
  3. delta granule,
  4. delta iron,
  5. delta particle,
  6. delta rhythm,
  7. delta stock,
  8. delta team,
  9. delta virus,
  10. delta wave

Origin of delta ray

First recorded in 1905–10

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British Dictionary definitions for delta ray

delta ray

noun

a particle, esp an electron, ejected from matter by ionizing radiation
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