bo·​son | \ ˈbō-ˌsän How to pronounce boson (audio) , -ˌzän How to pronounce boson (audio) \

Definition of boson

: a particle (such as a photon or meson) whose spin quantum number is zero or an integral number — compare fermion

Other Words from boson

bosonic \ ˌbō-​ˈsä-​nik How to pronounce boson (audio) , -​ˈzä-​ \ adjective

Examples of boson in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In order to calculate the W boson’s mass, physicists use the mass of the Higgs boson. John Conway, The Conversation, 14 Apr. 2022 The standard model says a W boson should measure 80,357,000 electron volts, plus or minus six. Seth Borenstein, Anchorage Daily News, 8 Apr. 2022 Meanwhile, theorists can’t help but ponder what an oversize W boson might mean. Charlie Wood, Quanta Magazine, 7 Apr. 2022 Additionally, theoretical physicists have been working on the W boson mass calculations for decades. John Conway, The Conversation, 14 Apr. 2022 The Fermi team’s scale put the W boson at a heftier 80,433,000 electron volts, plus or minus nine. Seth Borenstein, Anchorage Daily News, 8 Apr. 2022 Enlarge / Experimental measurements and theoretical predictions for the W boson mass. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 7 Apr. 2022 The faster the muon or electron, the heavier the W boson that produced it. Charlie Wood, Quanta Magazine, 7 Apr. 2022 Scientists speculated that there may be an undiscovered particle that is interacting with the W boson that could explain the difference. Seth Borenstein, Anchorage Daily News, 8 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of boson

1947, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for boson

Satyendranath Bose †1974 Indian physicist + -on entry 2

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18 May 2022

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“Boson.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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