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Definition 1: a function word that can be used in English to form phrasal verbs - [noun denoting communication]

(particle is a kind of ...) a word that is uninflected and serves a grammatical function but has little identifiable meaning

Definition 2: a body having finite mass and internal structure but negligible dimensions - [noun denoting object]

Synonyms for particle in the sense of this definition

(particle is a kind of ...) an individual 3-dimensional object that has mass and that is distinguishable from other objects

"heavenly body"

(... is a kind of particle ) (virology) a complete viral particle; nucleic acid and capsid (and a lipid envelope in some viruses)

(... is a kind of particle ) a hypothetical particle that is the elementary particle in a theory of space-time

(... is a kind of particle ) a sparkling glittering particle

(... is a kind of particle ) (microbiology) a hypothetical infectious particle thought to be the cause of scrapie and other degenerative diseases of the central nervous system; consists of nucleic acid in a protective coat of host cell proteins

(... is a kind of particle ) (microbiology) an infectious protein particle similar to a virus but lacking nucleic acid; thought to be the agent responsible for scrapie and other degenerative diseases of the nervous system

(... is a kind of particle ) an electrically charged particle built up from polymeric molecules or ions and occurring in certain colloidal electrolytic solutions like soaps and detergents

(... is a kind of particle ) a hypothetical particle with a single magnetic pole instead of the usual two

(... is a kind of particle ) a particle that is electrically charged (positive or negative); an atom or molecule or group that has lost or gained one or more electrons

(... is a kind of particle ) any particle that obeys Fermi-Dirac statistics and is subject to the Pauli exclusion principle

(... is a kind of particle ) (physics) a particle that is less complex than an atom; regarded as constituents of all matter

(... is a kind of particle ) the nucleus of deuterium; consists of one proton and one neutron; used as a bombarding particle in accelerators

(... is a kind of particle ) any particle that obeys Bose-Einstein statistics but not the Pauli exclusion principle; all nuclei with an even mass number are bosons

(... is a kind of particle ) a high-speed electron or positron emitted in the decay of a radioactive isotope

(... is a kind of particle ) a positively charged particle that is the nucleus of the helium atom; emitted from natural or radioactive isotopes

(... is a kind of particle ) an electrically charged particle (electron or ion) emitted by a substance at a high temperature

Definition 3: (nontechnical usage) a tiny piece of anything - [noun denoting substance]

Synonyms for particle in the sense of this definition

(particle is a kind of ...) the tangible substance that goes into the makeup of a physical object

"coal is a hard black material" "wheat is the stuff they use to make bread"

(... is a kind of particle ) a relatively small granular particle of a substance

"a grain of sand" "a grain of sugar"

(... is a kind of particle ) material resulting from the process of grinding

"vegetable grindings clogged the drain"

(... is a kind of particle ) a microscopic particle of triglycerides produced in the intestines during digestion; in the bloodstream they release their fatty acids into the blood

(... is a kind of particle ) a tiny dark speck made by the excrement of a fly

(... is a kind of particle ) a tiny particle of material that can be added to a product to indicate the source of manufacture

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