Higgs field


: a physical field that endows elementary particles with mass and that is mediated by the Higgs boson

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First Known Use

1980, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of Higgs field was in 1980

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“Higgs field.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Higgs%20field. Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

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