elastic scattering

noun

: a scattering of particles as the result of an elastic collision

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web These candidates would transfer energy to matter primarily through elastic scattering. Julia Musto, Fox News, 15 May 2021 The experiment was known as elastic scattering, because the kinetic energy of the electrons was conserved in the interactions. Dylan Loeb Mcclain, New York Times, 1 Mar. 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1933, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of elastic scattering was in 1933

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“Elastic scattering.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/elastic%20scattering. Accessed 10 Jun. 2023.

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