Hyper Dictionary

English Dictionary Computer Dictionary Video Dictionary Thesaurus Dream Dictionary Medical Dictionary

Search Dictionary:  

Meaning of ATOMIC

Pronunciation:  u'tâmik

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adj]  weapons using atomic energy; "nuclear war"; "nuclear weapons"; "atomic bombs"
  2. [adj]  immeasurably small
  3. [adj]  of or relating to or comprising atoms; "atomic structure"; "atomic hydrogen"

ATOMIC is a 6 letter word that starts with A.


 Synonyms: atomlike, microscopic, microscopical, minute, nuclear, small, thermonuclear
 Antonyms: conventional



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\A*tom"ic\, Atomical \A*tom"ic*al\, a. [Cf. F. atomique.]
1. Of or pertaining to atoms.

2. Extremely minute; tiny.

{Atomic philosophy}, or {Doctrine of atoms}, a system which,
   assuming that atoms are endued with gravity and motion,
   accounted thus for the origin and formation of all things.
   This philosophy was first broached by Leucippus, was
   developed by Democritus, and afterward improved by
   Epicurus, and hence is sometimes denominated the Epicurean

{Atomic theory}, or the {Doctrine of definite proportions}
   (Chem.), teaches that chemical combinations take place
   between the supposed ultimate particles or atoms of
   bodies, in some simple ratio, as of one to one, two to
   three, or some other, always expressible in whole numbers.

{Atomic weight} (Chem.), the weight of the atom of an element
   as compared with the weight of the atom of hydrogen, taken
   as a standard.

Computing Dictionary

(From Greek "atomos", indivisible) Indivisible; cannot be split up.

For example, an instruction may be said to do several things "atomically", i.e. all the things are done immediately, and there is no chance of the instruction being half-completed or of another being interspersed. Used especially to convey that an operation cannot be interrupted.

An atomic data type has no internal structure visible to the program. It can be represented by a flat domain (all elements are equally defined). Machine integers and booleans are two examples.

An atomic database transaction is one which is guaranteed to complete successfully or not at all. If an error prevents a partially-performed transaction from proceeding to completion, it must be "backed out" to prevent the database being left in an inconsistent state.

[jargon file]

Thesaurus Terms
 Related Terms: a certain, an, any, any one, atomatic, atomiferous, atomistic, corpuscular, cyclic, diatomic, dibasic, either, embryonic, evanescent, exclusive, germinal, granular, heteroatomic, heterocyclic, hexatomic, homocyclic, impalpable, imperceptible, imponderable, inappreciable, indiscernible, individual, indivisible, infinitesimal, intangible, integral, invisible, irreducible, isobaric, isocyclic, isoteric, isotopic, lone, microcosmic, microscopic, molecular, monadic, monatomic, monistic, one, pentatomic, simple, single, singular, sole, solid, solitary, subatomic, tenuous, tetratomic, thin, triatomic, tribasic, ultramicroscopic, unanalyzable, undivided, uniform, unique, unitary, unseeable, whole