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Meaning of PARTICLE

Pronunciation:  'pârtikul

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a function word having different uses in different languages
  2. [n]  a body having finite mass and internal structure but negligible dimensions
  3. [n]  (nontechnical usage) a tiny piece of anything

PARTICLE is a 8 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: atom, molecule, mote, speck
 See Also: alpha particle, beta particle, body, boson, chylomicron, closed-class word, deuteron, elementary particle, fermion, function word, fundamental particle, grain, ion, magnetic monopole, material, micelle, prion, scintilla, stuff, subatomic particle, superstring, thermion, virino, virion



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Par"ti*cle\, n. [L. particula, dim of pars, gen
partis, a part: cf. F. particule. See {Part}, and cf.
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

         The small size of atoms which unite To make the
         smallest particle of light.           --Blackmore.

2. Any very small portion or part; the smallest portion; as,
   he has not a particle of patriotism or virtue.

         The houses had not given their commissioners
         authority in the least particle to recede.

3. (R. C. Ch.)
   (a) A crumb or little piece of concecrated host.
   (b) The smaller hosts distributed in the communion of the
       laity. --Bp. Fitzpatrick.

4. (Gram.) A subordinate word that is never inflected (a
   preposition, conjunction, interjection); or a word that
   can not be used except in compositions; as, ward in
   backward, ly in lovely.

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