Definitions of particle

  1. (nontechnical usage) a tiny piece of anything Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. a function word having different uses in different languages Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. a body having finite mass and internal structure but negligible dimensions Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. a function word that can be used in English to form phrasal verbs Wordnet Dictionary DB
  5. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. Any very small portion or part; the smallest portion; as, he has not a particle of patriotism or virtue. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. A crumb or little piece of concecrated host. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. The smaller hosts distributed in the communion of the laity. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. 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
  10. 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.
  11. 1. A very small piece or portion of anything. 2. One of the groups of molecules assumed by Hardy to form the constituent elements of bioplasm, being held in suspension in water by electrical equilibrium. A practical medical dictionary. By Stedman, Thomas Lathrop. Published 1920.
  12. A little part: a very small portion: (physics) the mint test part into which a body can be divided (gram.) an indeclinable word, or a word that cannot be used alone: in R Cath. Church, a crumb of a consecrated bread, also the "smaller breads" used in the communion of the laity. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  13. A minute portion: atom. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  14. A minute portion of matter; small amount. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  15. An uninflected part of speech, as a preposition. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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. PARTICULARIS[=A]'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'UL[=A]TE, having the form of a small particle.--IN PARTICULAR, specially, distinctly. [Fr.,--L. particula, dim. of pars, partis, a part.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  19. Minute portion of matter; smallest possible amount, as has not a p. of sense; minor part of speech, esp. short indeclinable one. [Latin] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  20. [L.] In Math. Phys., a portion of matter having mass and position, but so small that its dimensions do not come into consideration. Glossary of terms and phrases - Percy
  21. n. [Latin] A minute part of matter; an atom; a molecule; a grain;—any very small part or portion; jot; tittle;—in grammar, any part of speech that is not inflected. Cabinet Dictionary

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