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tachyon

[ tak-ee-on ]

noun

, Physics.
  1. a hypothetical particle that travels faster than the speed of light.


tachyon

/ ˈtækɪˌɒn /

noun

  1. physics a hypothetical elementary particle capable of travelling faster than the velocity of light


tachyon

/ tăkē-ŏn′ /

  1. A hypothetical subatomic particle that travels faster than the speed of light. Although the principles of relativity forbid the acceleration of a particle past the speed of light, they do not prohibit the existence of particles that have always moved faster than that speed. No such particle has ever been detected.


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Word History and Origins

Origin of tachyon1

First recorded in 1967; tachy- + -on 1

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Word History and Origins

Origin of tachyon1

C20: from tachy- + -on

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