Associations to the word «Particle»


PARTICLE, noun. A very small piece of matter, a fragment; especially, the smallest possible part of something. [from 14th c.]
PARTICLE, noun. (linguistics) (sensu lato) A part of speech which can not be inflected, an adverb, preposition, conjunction or interjection
PARTICLE, noun. (linguistics) (sensu stricto) A word that has a particular grammatical function but does not obviously belong to any particular part of speech, such as the word to in English infinitives or O as the vocative particle.
PARTICLE, noun. (physics) Any of various physical objects making up the constituent parts of an atom; an elementary particle or subatomic particle. [from 19th c.]
PARTICLE ACCELERATOR, noun. A device that accelerates electrically charged particles to extremely high speeds, for the purpose of inducing high energy reactions or producing high energy radiation.
PARTICLE ACCELERATORS, noun. Plural of particle accelerator
PARTICLE BEAM, noun. (physics) A beam of atoms, ions or subatomic particles that has been accelerated by some device and collimated by magnets and/or electrostatic lenses
PARTICLE BOARD, noun. (US) (Canada) a structural material manufactured from wood particles (such as chips and shavings) by pressing, and binding through resin
PARTICLE BOARDS, noun. Plural of particle board
PARTICLE ENERGIES, noun. Plural of particle energy
PARTICLE ENERGY, noun. (physics) The sum of a particle's potential energy, kinetic energy and rest energy
PARTICLE HORIZON, noun. A cosmological horizon
PARTICLE HORIZONS, noun. Plural of particle horizon
PARTICLE MECHANICS, noun. (physics) The study of the motion of individual particles.
PARTICLE PHYSICS, noun. A branch of physics that studies the elementary constituents of matter and radiation, and the interactions between them.
PARTICLE THEORY, noun. (dated) atomic theory
PARTICLE ZOO, noun. (physics) (informal) The extensive list of known elementary particles.

Dictionary definition

PARTICLE, noun. (nontechnical usage) a tiny piece of anything.
PARTICLE, noun. A body having finite mass and internal structure but negligible dimensions.
PARTICLE, noun. A function word that can be used in English to form phrasal verbs.

Wise words

A blow with a word strikes deeper than a blow with a sword.
Robert Burton