What does particle mean?

Definitions for particle
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.


  1. particle

    A particle is a small localized object or entity which can vary in size from subatomic particles, like electrons, protons, and neutrons, to macroscopic particles like dust or pollen. It can also refer to units of matter or energy such as a photon or a quantum particle. In physics, particles are studied in particle physics and are characterized by their quantum properties such as charge, spin and mass.

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. Henry James:

    Experience is never limited, and it is never complete it is an immense sensibility, a kind of huge spider web of the finest silken threads suspended in the chamber of consciousness, and catching every airborne particle in its tissue.

  2. Harold Wimmer:

    The nation has known for some time that long-term exposure to particle pollution can worsen symptoms of lung disease, increase susceptibility to lung infection, trigger heart attack and stroke, and can even cause lung cancer and premature death, this new research from Harvard University now links particle pollution exposure to a dramatically higher death rate from Covid-19.

  3. Vanna Bonta:

    How do we define consciousness, or what has been called the human soul or the spirit, if it can't be quantified as matter or a particle? ... it can be quantified or observed just by a process of elimination.

  4. Jane Porter:

    Happiness is a sunbeam, Which may pass through a thousand bosoms Without losing a particle of its original ray Nay, when it strikes on a kindred heart, Like the converged light on a mirror, It reflects itself with redoubled brightness. It is not perfected till it is shared.

  5. Leo Tolstoy:

    Love is life. All, everything that I understand, I understand only because I love. Everything is, everything exists, only because I love. Everything is united by it alone. Love is God, and to die means that I, a particle of love, shall return to the general and eternal source.

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