[ pahr-ti-kuhl ]
/ ˈpɑr tɪ kəl /
a minute portion, piece, fragment, or amount; a tiny or very small bit: a particle of dust; not a particle of supporting evidence.
- one of the extremely small constituents of matter, as an atom or nucleus.
- an elementary particle, quark, or gluon.
- a body in which the internal motion is negligible.
a clause or article, as of a document.
- (in some languages) one of the major form classes, or parts of speech, consisting of words that are neither nouns nor verbs, or of all uninflected words, or the like.
- such a word.
- a small word of functional or relational use, as an article, preposition, or conjunction, whether of a separate form class or not.
Roman Catholic Church. a small piece of the Host given to each lay communicant in a Eucharistic service.
Inter- vs Intra-What’s the difference between the interstate highway and the intrastate highway? Inter- is a prefix that means between two groups, and intra- is a prefix which means within or inside one group. Inter- and intra- are both prefixes, which are groups of letters that are placed at the beginning of a word in order to change its meaning. Inter- Inter- is a common prefix that …
Origin of particle
Related formspar·ti·cled, adjectivein·ter·par·ti·cle, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for inter-particle
/ (ˈpɑːtɪkəl) /
an extremely small piece of matter; speck
a very tiny amount; iotait doesn't make a particle of difference
a function word, esp (in certain languages) a word belonging to an uninflected class having suprasegmental or grammatical functionthe Greek particles ``mēn'' and ``de'' are used to express contrast; questions in Japanese are indicated by the particle ``ka''; English ``up'' is sometimes regarded as an adverbial particle
a common affix, such as re-, un-, or -ness
physics a body with finite mass that can be treated as having negligible size, and internal structure
RC Church a small piece broken off from the Host at Mass
archaic a section or clause of a document
Word Origin for particle
C14: from Latin particula a small part, from pars part
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Medicine definitions for inter-particle
[ pär′tĭ-kəl ]
A very small piece or part.
An elementary particle.
A subatomic particle.
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Science definitions for inter-particle
[ pär′tĭ-kəl ]
A very small piece of solid matter.
An elementary particle, subatomic particle, or atomic nucleus. Also called corpuscle
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