the scattering of particles due to an elastic collision.
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Lexical Investigations: Diaspora
The history of the term diaspora shows how a word’s meaning can spread from a very specific sense to encompass much broader ones. Diaspora first entered English in the late nineteenth century to describe the scattering of Jews after their captivity in Babylonia in the fifth century B.C.E. The term originates from the Greek diasporá, meaning “a dispersion or scattering,” found in Greek translations of …
Origin of elastic scattering
First recorded in 1930–35
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