Higgs boson

[ higz ]
/ hɪgz /

noun Physics.

a hypothetical type of heavy, electrically neutral particle with zero spin.



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Also called Higgs particle.

Origin of Higgs boson

named after Peter W. Higgs (born 1929), English physicist, who hypothesized its existence
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British Dictionary definitions for Higgs boson

Higgs boson

Higgs particle

/ (hɪɡz) /


physics an elementary particle with zero spin and mass greater than zero, predicted to exist by electroweak theory and other gauge theoriesAlso called: (informal) God particle

Word Origin for Higgs boson

C20: named after Peter Higgs (born 1929), British theoretical physicist
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Scientific definitions for Higgs boson

Higgs boson
[ hĭgz ]

A hypothetical, massive subatomic particle with zero electric charge. The Higgs boson is postulated to interact with other particles in such a way as to impart mass to them. It is predicted by the standard model, but has yet to be isolated experimentally. The Higgs boson is named after its discoverer, British theoretical physicist Peter Ware Higgs (born 1929).
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