intermediate vector boson

noun Physics.

one of the three particles that are believed to transmit the weak force: the positively charged W particle, the negatively charged W particle, and the neutral Z0 particle.

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Origin of intermediate vector boson

First recorded in 1965–70

Also called vector boson. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for intermediate vector boson

intermediate vector boson


physics a hypothetical particle believed to mediate the weak interaction between elementary particles
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Science definitions for intermediate vector boson

intermediate vector boson

Either of two subatomic particles, the W boson or the Z boson, that mediate the weak nuclear force.
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