col·​lid·​er kə-ˈlī-dər How to pronounce collider (audio)
: a particle accelerator in which two beams of particles moving in opposite directions are made to collide

Examples of collider in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Twelve years have passed since the last major discovery at a particle collider. Elise Cutts, Quanta Magazine, 17 Apr. 2024 For that task a 10-TeV muon collider might have an edge over a 100-TeV proton collider. Byadrian Cho,, 28 Mar. 2024 Yet the collider had not been turned on nor do videos of the tunnel show anyone present. Paula L. Woods, Los Angeles Times, 3 Apr. 2024 Plans call for two more such connections: one 400 kV, the other 225 kV. From these three sources, the collider’s infrastructure would distribute power to the collier’s eight access shafts; from there, it’d be distributed to the rest of the collider. IEEE Spectrum, 17 Feb. 2024 However, a muon collider might combine the strengths of hadron and e+e- colliders— and be faster and cheaper to build. Byadrian Cho,, 28 Mar. 2024 New Gravitational Test Sees First Fall Stephanie Pappas Physicists' most successful tools for discovering new fields, and the particles associated with them, have historically been particle colliders. Luke Caldwell, Scientific American, 16 Jan. 2024 We, with our spaceships and particle colliders, our operas and crème brûlées, our megacities and globe-spanning systems of cooperation, are made of the same essential stuff as those club-wielding nomads cooking mastodon steaks on a spit. Cody Cottier, Discover Magazine, 12 Feb. 2024 Gas carried by incoming colliders also set off more star formation in the Milky Way. Ann Finkbeiner, Scientific American, 16 Jan. 2024

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First Known Use

1979, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of collider was in 1979

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“Collider.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2024.

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