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.

Origin of intermediate vector boson

First recorded in 1965–70
Also called vector boson.
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British Dictionary definitions for vector boson

intermediate vector boson


noun

physics a hypothetical particle believed to mediate the weak interaction between elementary particles
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Science definitions for vector boson (1 of 2)

vector boson


One of the four subatomic particles that mediate the four fundamental forces. The particles and their corresponding forces are: the photon and the electromagnetic force, the graviton and the gravitational force, the intermediate vector boson and the weak nuclear force, and the gluon and the strong nuclear force. The graviton has yet to be isolated in an experiment.

Science definitions for vector boson (2 of 2)

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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