Higgs boson


: an elementary particle that has zero spin and large mass and that is required by some gauge theories to account for the masses of other elementary particles

Word History


Peter W. Higgs born1929 British physicist

First Known Use

1974, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of Higgs boson was in 1974

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“Higgs boson.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Higgs%20boson. Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

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