particle Definition

  • 1a very small piece of matter that has come from something larger
  • 2a word or a part of a word that has a grammatical purpose but often has little or no meaning on its own, such as 'in' or 'to'
  • 3a small amount of something

Using particle: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "particle" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The air was filled with tiny particles of dust.

  • Example

    The sentence 'I am going to the store' contains the particles 'to' and 'the'.

  • Example

    He added a particle of salt to the soup.

  • Example

    The particle accelerator is used to study subatomic particles.

particle Synonyms and Antonyms

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Phrases with particle

  • a type of engineered wood made from wood chips and resin, often used in furniture and construction


    The bookshelf was made from particle board.

  • a particle smaller than an atom, such as a proton, neutron, or electron


    The study of subatomic particles is a major field in physics.

  • the branch of physics that studies subatomic particles and their interactions


    Particle physics has led to many important discoveries about the nature of matter.

Origins of particle

from Latin 'particula', meaning 'little part'


Summary: particle in Brief

A 'particle' [ˈpɑːtɪkl] can refer to a very small piece of matter, such as dust, or a word or part of a word that has grammatical function. It can also mean a small amount of something, like salt. 'Particle' extends into phrases like 'particle board,' referring to a type of engineered wood, and 'subatomic particle,' which is a particle smaller than an atom.

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