mean free path

noun Physics, Chemistry. (in a collection of moving particles)

the average distance that a particle travels between successive collisions with other particles. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for mean free path

mean free path


the average distance travelled by a particle, atom, etc, between collisions
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mean free path in Culture

mean free path

The average distance that an object (usually an atom or molecule) can move before colliding with something.

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