Particle meaning

pärtĭ-kəl
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A very small or the smallest possible amount, trace, or degree.

Not a particle of doubt.

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(ecclesiastical) A portion or fragment of the Eucharistic host.
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(archaic) A small part of something written, such as a clause of a document.
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(archaic) A clause or article in a document.
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(r.c.ch.) A small piece of the consecrated Host or any of the small Hosts given to lay communicants.
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A very small piece of solid matter.
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An elementary particle, subatomic particle, or atomic nucleus.
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The definition of a particle is a very small amount of something.

An example of a particle is a speck of dust.

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A very small piece of matter, a fragment; especially, the smallest possible part of something. [from 14th c.]
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(linguistics) 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. [from 16th c.]
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(physics) Any of various physical objects making up the constituent parts of an atom; an elementary particle or subatomic particle. [from 19th c.]
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A very small piece or part; a tiny portion or speck.
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Origin of particle

  • Middle English from Latin particula diminutive of pars part- part part

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle French particule, and its source, Latin particula (“small part, particle"), diminutive of pars (“part, piece").

    From Wiktionary