col·​lid·​er | \ kə-ˈlī-dər \

Definition of collider

: a particle accelerator in which two beams of particles moving in opposite directions are made to collide

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The main body of the collider is a giant ring over five miles in diameter and the entire facility employs thousands of people. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "China Plans to Build a Particle Collider Five Times More Powerful Than the LHC," 14 Nov. 2018 Their measurements will feed into calculations for the big colliders and help guide particle searches. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Baby gravitational wave detector could find a home at the LHC," 3 Oct. 2018 Physicists, governments and universities from around the world contributed to constructing and building the collider. Peter Kujawinski, New York Times, "Colliders, Sundials and Wonder: When Science Is Your Destination," 28 May 2018 But literally quadrillions of proton collisions in the collider later, nothing new has emerged. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Researchers Find More Evidence for the Higgs Boson," 10 July 2018 Particle colliders and 300-year-old lab equipment revealed the better angels of our humanity. Peter Kujawinski, New York Times, "Colliders, Sundials and Wonder: When Science Is Your Destination," 28 May 2018 The discovery by IceCube, built at a cost of almost $280 million (a fraction of the $10 billion collider), was especially sweet for Halzen, 74. Mark Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Blazing a trail: UW professor's dream leads to breakthrough in identifying origin of cosmic rays," 12 July 2018 Other teams, working within the limits of conventional-but-as-yet-unproven theory, have similarly economical, collider-eschewing ideas. The Economist, "Particle physicsFundamental physics is frustrating physicists," 13 Jan. 2018 Conveying this message to the public is important to rectify misconceptions about, say, whether taxpayers’ money should be spent to build more-powerful colliders if these machines don’t actually discover a new particle. Philip Ball, WIRED, "Questioning Truth, Reality, and the Role of Scientific Progress," 2 June 2018

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1979, in the meaning defined above

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