cosmic string


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

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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, "How to Build a Wormhole," 27 Aug. 2019 Gravitational waves could help with the search for cosmic strings—putative enormous, superdense filamentary structures in space. The Economist, "Gravitational astronomy proves its maturity," 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, "Why Is M-Theory the Leading Candidate for Theory of Everything?," 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, "We Already Know How To Build a Time Machine," 28 May 2018

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1983, in the meaning defined above

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“Cosmic string.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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