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

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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. Musin Almat Zhumabekovich:

    jokes You've all seen men with big prostates, like they're carrying a bowling ball between their legs, they walk like cowboys or penguins. Aphorisms Insensibility in eternity, consciousness of immortality, an illusory universe of microcosm in cyberspace, part of consciousness is immersed in denial, in a fog of lost souls, in the darkness of forgotten shadows, memory is like a crystal that accumulates millennia of wisdom energy, all lives of reincarnation, selfishness is worldly lower thinking accumulated over half a century, when cosmic energy passes through you, billions of years of collected energy of wisdom, will make you alien, neural connection as a musical instrument of feelings and emotions, the basis of manipulation is a melody of benefit, spectacular enjoyment of the ego, life is a universal mechanism of insight, quantum a particle wandering in a certain dimension, which becomes a book of the library of universal wisdom, the more freedom, the more sincerity of chaos. Poetry More than an ideal masterpiece than you can think of time, the queen of my inner world, endless love like a dizzying tornado, saliva flows with rich skin color. Author: Musin Almat Zhumabekovich

  2. Tom Giblin:

    When were studying the early universe, what were really doing is a particle experiment at very, very high temperatures, the transition from the cold inflationary period to the hot period is one that should hold some key evidence as to what particles really exist at these extremely high energies.

  3. Linsey Marr:

    That criteria is for a certain size particle that is really the hardest size to filter out, it's very likely that the virus is mostly in particles that are larger than that critical size, the test size.

  4. Musin Almat Zhumabekovich:

    Alone, you are a particle of eternity, you hear the whisper of awareness - this is the whisper of reality.

  5. Richard Lampitt:

    Particle size is only mentioned in passing... and yet this has a massive effect on the data presented and the conclusions reached.

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