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noun \ˈkwȯrk, ˈkwärk\

Simple Definition of quark

  • physics : any one of several types of very small particles that make up matter

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of quark

  1. :  any of several elementary particles that are postulated to come in pairs (as in the up and down varieties) of similar mass with one member having a charge of +23 and the other a charge of −13 and are held to make up hadrons

Origin of quark

coined by Murray Gell-Mann


First Known Use: 1964

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