- the quark having electric charge −1/3 times the elementary charge, with strangeness, charm, and other quark quantum numbers equal to 0.
Origin of down quark
First recorded in 1975–80
Also called d quark.
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- A quark with a charge of -1/3. Its mass is greater than that of the electron and the up quark, but smaller than that of all the other quarks. See Table at subatomic particle.
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