particle

  • 1 particle — 1 Particle, bit, mite, smidgen, whit, atom, iota, jot, tittle all mean a very small or insignificant piece or part. Particle is used in reference not only to substances which are actually divisible but to such things as a quality, a state, or a… …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 2 Particle — may refer to:In chemistry: * Colloidal particle, part of a one phase system of two or more componentsIn physics: * Subatomic particle, which may be either: **Elementary particle, a particle of which larger particles are composed, also called a… …

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  • 3 Particle — Par ti*cle, n. [L. particula, dim. of pars, gen partis, a part: cf. F. particule. See {Part}, and cf. {Parcel}.] 1. A minute part or portion of matter; a morsel; a little bit; an atom; a jot; as, a particle of sand, of wood, of dust. [1913… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 4 particle — [pärt′i kəl] n. [ME partycle < MFr particule < L particula, dim. of pars,PART1] 1. a) an extremely small piece; tiny fragment [a dust particle] b) the slightest trace; speck [not a particle of truth] 2 …

    English World dictionary

  • 5 particle — (n.) late 14c., small part or division of a whole, from L. particula little bit or part, dim. of pars (gen. partis); see PART (Cf. part) (n.). In construction, particle board (1957) is so called because it is made from chips and shavings of wood …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 6 particle — index constituent (part), element, iota, minimum, modicum, part (portion), scintilla …

    Law dictionary

  • 7 particle — [n] atom, piece bit, crumb, dot, dribble, drop, fleck, fragment, grain, hoot*, iota, jot, minim, mite, modicum, molecule, morsel, mote, ounce, ray, scrap, scruple, seed, shred, smidgen, smithereen, speck, spot, stitch, whit; concept 831 …

    New thesaurus

  • 8 particle — ► NOUN 1) a minute portion of matter. 2) Physics a component of the physical world smaller than an atom, e.g. an electron, proton, neutrino, or photon. 3) Grammar a minor function word that has comparatively little meaning and does not inflect, e …

    English terms dictionary

  • 9 particle — particled, adj. /pahr ti keuhl/, n. 1. a minute portion, piece, fragment, or amount; a tiny or very small bit: a particle of dust; not a particle of supporting evidence. 2. Physics. a. one of the extremely small constituents of matter, as an atom …

    Universalium

  • 10 particle — [[t]pɑ͟ː(r)tɪk(ə)l[/t]] particles 1) N COUNT: oft N of n A particle of something is a very small piece or amount of it. ...a particle of hot metal... There is a particle of truth in his statement. ...food particles. 2) N COUNT In physics, a… …

    English dictionary

  • 11 particle */*/ — UK [ˈpɑː(r)tɪk(ə)l] / US [ˈpɑrtɪk(ə)l] noun [countable] Word forms particle : singular particle plural particles 1) an extremely small piece or amount of something dust particles particle of: tiny particles of food There s not a particle of… …

    English dictionary

  • 12 particle — n. 1) a dust; minute particle 2) (physics) an alpha; elementary; subatomic particle * * * [ pɑːtɪk(ə)l] elementary minute particle subatomic particle (physics) an alpha a dust …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 13 particle — 01. In order to wash sand [particles] out of her eyes, and rid her body of excess salt, the female green turtle sheds tears as she lays her eggs on the beach. 02. Comets are surrounded by tiny dust [particles], which are swept into a long tail by …

    Grammatical examples in English

  • 14 particle — par|ti|cle [ˈpa:tıkəl US ˈpa:r ] n [Date: 1300 1400; : Latin; Origin: particula, from pars; PART1] 1.) a very small piece of something ▪ dust particles particle of ▪ tiny particles of soil 2.) not a particle of truth/evidence etc …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 15 particle — par|ti|cle [ partıkl ] noun count ** 1. ) an extremely small piece or amount of something: dust particles particle of: tiny particles of food There s not a particle of evidence to support his story. 2. ) SCIENCE an extremely small piece of MATTER …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 16 particle — noun (C) 1 a very small piece of something: dust particles see also: elementary particle 2 not a particle of truth/evidence etc no truth etc at all: There s not a particle of truth in what he says. 3 technical a type of word in grammar, such as a …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 17 particle — noun /ˈpɑːtɪkəl,ˈpɑːrtɪkəl/ a) A body with very small size; a fragment. b) An elementary particle or subatomic particle. See Also: part, particular, particulate …

    Wiktionary

  • 18 particle — noun Particle is used before these nouns: ↑physicist, ↑physics Particle is used after these nouns: ↑dirt, ↑dust …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 19 particle — /ˈpatɪkəl / (say pahtikuhl) noun 1. a minute portion, piece, or amount; a very small bit: a particle of dust. 2. Physics → elementary particle. 3. a clause or article, as of a document. 4. Roman Catholic Church a. a little piece of the Host. b.… …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 20 particle — noun Etymology: Middle English, from Latin particula, from diminutive of part , pars Date: 14th century 1. a. a minute quantity or fragment b. a relatively small or the smallest discrete portion or amount of something 2. archaic a clause or… …

    New Collegiate Dictionary


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