What does Particle mean?

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ˈpɑr tɪ kəlpar·ti·cle

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. atom, molecule, particle, corpuscle, mote, specknoun

    (nontechnical usage) a tiny piece of anything

  2. particle, subatomic particlenoun

    a body having finite mass and internal structure but negligible dimensions

  3. particlenoun

    a function word that can be used in English to form phrasal verbs


  1. Particlenoun

    (Physics) An elementary particle.


  1. particlenoun

    A very small piece of matter, a fragment; especially, the smallest possible part of something.

  2. particlenoun

    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.

  3. particlenoun

    Any of various physical objects making up the constituent parts of an atom; an elementary particle or subatomic particle.

  4. Etymology: From particule, and its source, particula, diminutive of pars.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Particlenoun

    Etymology: particule, Fr. particula, Lat.

    From any of the other unreasonable demands, the houses had not given their commissioners authority in the least particle to recede. Edward Hyde.

    There is not one grain in the universe, either too much or too little, nothing to be added, nothing to be spared; nor so much as any one particle of it, that mankind may not be either the better or the worse for, according as ’tis applied. Roger L'Estrange.

    With particles of heav’nly fire,
    The God of nature did his soul inspire. Dryden.

    Curious wits,
    With rapture, with astonishment reflect,
    On the small size of atoms, which unite
    To make the smallest particle of light. Richard Blackmore.

    It is not impossible, but that microscopes may, at length, be improved to the discovery of the particles of bodies, on which their colours depend. Isaac Newton, Opticks.

    Blest with more particles of heav’nly flame. George Granville.

    ’Till Arianism had made it a matter of great sharpness and subtility of wit to be a sound believing christian, men were not curious what syllables or particles of speech they used. Richard Hooker, b. v.

    The Latin varies the signification of verbs and nouns, not as the modern languages, by particles prefixed, but by changing the last syllables. John Locke, on Education.

    Particles are the words, whereby the mind signifies what connection it gives to the several affirmations and negations, that it unites in one continued reasoning or narration. John Locke.

    In the Hebrew tongue, there is a particle, consisting but of one single letter, of which there are reckoned up above fifty several significations. John Locke.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Particlenoun

    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

  2. Particlenoun

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

  3. Particlenoun

    a crumb or little piece of concecrated host

  4. Particlenoun

    the smaller hosts distributed in the communion of the laity

  5. Particlenoun

    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

  6. Etymology: [L. particula, dim. of pars, gen partis, a part: cf. F. particule. See Part, and cf. Parcel.]


  1. Particle

    Particle is an American jam band formed in Los Angeles in 2000. The original members were Dave Simmons, Steve Molitz, Eric Gould, and Darren Pujalet. Simmons died shortly after the formation of the band due to a sudden illness. Guitarist Charlie Hitchcock joined shortly thereafter. Along with The Disco Biscuits and Sound Tribe Sector 9, the group was among the first to blend rock, jazz, funk, and electronica into the milieu of what has been dubbed livetronica. Prior to 2006, the band's repertoire consisted entirely of instrumental material. The group made a name for itself and built an enthusiastic fan base, known as Particle People, by performing energetic late-night sets at festivals such as Bonnaroo. Reliance on word of mouth from fans, rather than advertising, allowed this group to sell out venues such as the Bowery Ballroom in New York City before they finally released their much anticipated first album, Launchpad, in early 2004. In April and May 2005 the group toured with former Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart as Hydra; the tour received mixed reviews from many Deadheads who were unaccustomed to Particle's electronic-based approach. Bassist Phil Lesh, also of the Grateful Dead, sat in with the band that summer.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Particle

    pär′ti-kl, n. a little part: a very small portion: (physics) the minutest part into which a body can be divided: an atom: (gram.) an indeclinable word, as a preposition, a conjunction, an interjection: a word that can only be used in composition, as wise in sidewise: (R.C. Church) a crumb of consecrated bread, also the 'smaller breads' used in the communion of the laity.—adj. Partic′ular, relating to a part of anything: pertaining to a single person or thing: individual: special: worthy of special attention: concerned with or marking things single or distinct: exact: nice in taste: precise.—n. a distinct or minute part: a single point: a single instance: (pl.) details.—n. Particularisā′tion.—v.t. Partic′ularise, to mention the particulars of: to enumerate in detail: to give a special description of.—v.i. to mention or attend to single things or minute details.—ns. Partic′ularism, attention to one's own interest or party: a particular or minute description: the doctrine that salvation is offered only to particular individuals, the elect, and not freely to the whole race on condition of faith; Partic′ularist, one who holds the doctrine of particularism.—adj. Particularist′ic.—n. Particular′ity, quality of being particular: minuteness of detail: a single act or case: a single or a minute circumstance: something peculiar or singular.—adv. Partic′ularly, in an especial manner: in a high degree: (B.) in detail.—n. Partic′ularness.—adj. Partic′ulāte, having the form of a small particle.—In particular, specially, distinctly. [Fr.,—L. particula, dim. of pars, partis, a part.]


  1. Particle

    Particle is a product foundry which makes useful and inventive tools that marry technology and community riding the wave of the new media revolution.

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  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Particle' in Nouns Frequency: #1644

Anagrams for Particle »

  1. prelatic

  2. plicater

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Particle in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Particle in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of Particle in a Sentence

  1. Joshy Jacob:

    It just blows it up. It makes the virus particle fall apart.

  2. Carl Jung:

    In studying the history of the human mind one is impressed again and again by the fact that the growth of the mind is the widening of the range of consciousness, and that each step forward has been a most painful and laborious achievement. One could almost say that nothing is more hateful to man than to give up even a particle of his unconsciousness. Ask those who have tried to introduce a new idea!

  3. Attila Krasznahorkay:

    We introduced such a new particle, which nobody saw before, and which existence could not be understood by the widely accepted' Standard Model' of particle physics, so it faced scrutiny.

  4. Yun Zhang:

    Most planetary bodies consist of numerous pieces of rock that have coalesced under the influence of gravity. You could imagine them as sandcastles floating in space. Their structure can be disrupted when the force acting on the individual 'sand particle' is larger than their mutual gravity, similar to the ocean tides on Earth, which result from the gravitational pulls of the sun and the moon, in space a planetary body that comes close enough to a star is subjected to the strong gravitational pulls of that star.

  5. Gabriella Sciolla:

    Z-prime is much heavier than a Z particle, something like tens of times the mass, z-prime can decay in a very simple way that yields two very energetic muons, which are basically heavier versions of electrons. If we can detect the muon signature of Z-prime, that would support models that predict the existence of Z-prime.

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