atomic

adjective atom·ic \ ə-ˈtä-mik \
Updated on: 10 Dec 2017

Definition of atomic

1 a : of, relating to, or concerned with atoms
  • atomic physics
b : nuclear 2
  • atomic energy
2 a : marked by acceptance of the theory of atomism
b : atomistic 2
3 : minute
4 of a chemical element : existing in the state of separate atoms

atomically

play \-mi-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of atomic in a Sentence

  1. made atomic adjustments to the clock's mechanism to keep it from whirring as it ran

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First Known Use of atomic

1678



ATOMIC Defined for English Language Learners

atomic

adjective

Definition of atomic for English Language Learners

  • : of or relating to atoms

  • : of, relating to, or using the energy that is produced when atoms are split apart


ATOMIC Defined for Kids

atomic

adjective atom·ic \ ə-ˈtä-mik \

Definition of atomic for Students

1 : of or relating to atoms
  • atomic physics
2 : nuclear 3
  • atomic energy


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