- 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.
- (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.
Origin of particle
Synonyms for particle
Related Words for particlespeck, fragment, molecule, grain, fleck, mite, ray, iota, crumb, mote, whit, minim, scrap, drop, spot, hoot, morsel, scruple, modicum, seed
Examples from the Web for particle
Contemporary Examples of particle
When the Higgs particle was discovered, everywhere I went I heard people wondering about its significance.The New 'Cosmos' Reboot Marks a Promising New Era for Science
Lawrence M. Krauss
March 10, 2014
After episodes of not-so-subtly mentioning the particle accelerator at S.T.A.R Labs, we finally get what we want.
After eight episodes of not-so-subtly mentioning the particle accelerator at S.T.A.R Labs, we finally get what we want.
For 50 years, scientists had predicted the existence of the particle we now know as Higgs boson, which gives mass to matter.Give It Up for the Other Nobel Prize Winners
October 12, 2013
Instead, Davis said with a hearty chuckle, “Marshall gave me a book on particle physics to read overnight.”The Original Gone Girls: Dorothy Salisbury Davis and Other Forgotten Pioneers of Crime Fiction
August 27, 2013
Historical Examples of particle
We see nothing but nature; not a particle of false delicacy or finesse.Female Scripture Biographies, Vol. I
Francis Augustus Cox
Every particle of fat should be carefully skimmed from the surface.
Then skim and strain it, carefully removing every particle of fat.
But Dick remembered his mission, and his resolve to perform it was not shaken a particle.The Rock of Chickamauga
Joseph A. Altsheler
I have discovered how to disunite that force and that particle.Jennie Baxter, Journalist
Word Origin for particle
late 14c., "small part or division of a whole, minute portion of matter," from Latin particula "little bit or part, grain, jot," diminutive of pars (genitive partis) "part;" see part (n.). Particle physics attested from 1969. In construction, particle board (1957) is so called because it is made from chips and shavings of wood.