Definitions of particle

  1. ( nontechnical usage) a tiny piece of anything
  2. a function word having different uses in different languages
  3. a body having finite mass and internal structure but negligible dimensions
  4. a function word that can be used in English to form phrasal verbs
  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.
  6. Any very small portion or part; the smallest portion; as, he has not a particle of patriotism or virtue.
  7. A crumb or little piece of concecrated host.
  8. The smaller hosts distributed in the communion of the laity.
  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.
  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.
  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.
  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.
  13. A minute portion: atom.
  14. A minute portion of matter; small amount.
  15. An uninflected part of speech, as a preposition.
  16. A minute part or portion; a word not inflected or used alone.
  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.

Usage examples for particle

  1. She just yelled to it with her whistle; and that night she sent it to sleep without a particle of coal or water in its tender. – Christmas Every Day and Other Stories by W. D. Howells
  2. A particle, a tense, a mood, an emphasis, may make the whole difference between guilt and innocence. – The History of England from the Accession of James II. Volume 1 (of 5) by Thomas Babington Macaulay
  3. " 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
  4. The French cavalry is usually mounted on small, clumsy, but sturdy beasts, that do not show a particle of blood. – Recollections of Europe by J. Fenimore Cooper
  5. " It's a highly energetic chemical particle," Rick said. – The Egyptian Cat Mystery by Harold Leland Goodwin
  6. " Within man," he tells us, " is the soul of the whole, the wise silence, the universal beauty, to which every part and particle is equally related- the eternal One." – Christian Mysticism by William Ralph Inge
  7. Neither of them helps Mr. Reed's case a particle. – Abraham Lincoln: Was He A Christian? by John B. Remsburg
  8. Not a particle is wasted, not a square foot of land but bears something edible. – Hodge and His Masters by Richard Jefferies
  9. For the relationship that had been made between them, and the charms of Julia, and that marriage, were from the very first only deceitful and suspected pledges of an alliance formed from interested motives, in which there was not a particle of true friendship. – Plutarch's Lives Volume III. by Plutarch
  10. The light sledge pulled by five men came along like a drag without a particle of slide or go in it. – South with Scott by Edward R. G. R. Evans
  11. They haven't a particle of respect, you know, for anything. – Jewel A Chapter In Her Life by Clara Louise Burnham
  12. Such appears to be the force of the particle. – The Iliad of Homer (1873) by Homer
  13. She went into the other room without a particle of notion what she should say or do. – Queechy, Volume II by Elizabeth Wetherell
  14. To me it does not make a particle of difference which of the three possibilities happens to be true about Jesus. – The Book of Life: Vol. I Mind and Body; Vol. II Love and Society by Upton Sinclair
  15. Care should be observed to keep the solution clean, and allow no particle of dust to come in contact with the surface of the plate. – American Handbook of the Daguerrotype by Samuel D. Humphrey
  16. I cannot quarrel with you over a particle, said he. – The Cardinal's Snuff-Box by Henry Harland
  17. The church might perish in a night and not a single particle of goodness be lost. – Is The Bible Worth Reading And Other Essays by Lemuel K. Washburn
  18. Is there a particle of chance that the poor fellow could escape death? – The Shagganappi by E. Pauline Johnson
  19. We emphasize this feature of indifference; for the conception of an inert particle of matter subject to mechanical motion impressed upon it from without, is the very type of an indifferent agency. – Ontology or the Theory of Being by Peter Coffey
  20. When he returned it was with something gleaming in the morning sunshine as he rolled it back and forth on a piece of paper, just a shining particle. – Guy Garrick by Arthur B. Reeve