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Definitions of particle

  1. a body having finite mass and internal structure but negligible dimensions Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. a function word that can be used in English to form phrasal verbs Wordnet Dictionary DB
  3. Any very small portion or part; the smallest portion; as, he has not a particle of patriotism or virtue. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. A crumb or little piece of concecrated host. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. The smaller hosts distributed in the communion of the laity. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. A very small piece; a bit; as, a particle of dust: in grammar, a word not used alone, as a conjunction or a preposition. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  8. A minute portion: atom. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  9. An uninflected part of speech, as a preposition. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  10. A minute part or portion; a word not inflected or used alone. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  11. One of the minutest parts or atoms into which matter can be mechanically divided; a very small portion or part; the component parts or granules of all solid substances; in gram., a word unvaried by inflection; a small connecting word. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

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Usage examples for particle

  1. Is there a particle of chance that the poor fellow could escape death? – The Shagganappi by E. Pauline Johnson
  2. " If it isn't everything you're offering me- if you are keeping back a particle of yourself- body or soul- it is too late. – The Miller Of Old Church by Ellen Glasgow
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