cosmic string

noun

Definition of cosmic string

: any of a class of hypothetical supermassive astronomical objects that are extremely thin but are millions of light years long and that are postulated to have formed very early in the history of the universe

Examples of cosmic string in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That likely would not create a stable wormhole, per se, as the cosmic strings would eventually vibrate themselves into nothingness. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, 27 Aug. 2019 Gravitational waves could help with the search for cosmic strings—putative enormous, superdense filamentary structures in space. The Economist, 22 Aug. 2019 And some macroscopic signatures of the theory that might have been seen, such as cosmic strings and supersymmetry, have not shown up. Quanta Magazine, 18 Dec. 2017 Wormholes, black holes, cosmic strings, and circulating light beams have all been suggested as potential solutions for time-traveling to the past. Matt Blitz, Popular Mechanics, 28 May 2018

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First Known Use of cosmic string

1983, in the meaning defined above

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“Cosmic string.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cosmic%20string. Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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