electron cloud

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Definition of electron cloud 

: the system of electrons surrounding the nucleus of an atom

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When two atoms get close together, each one’s electron cloud pushes the other’s around, and sometimes the two atoms start to behave as a unit: a molecule. Sophia Chen, WIRED, "Chemists Orchestrate the Molecular Union of Two Single Atoms," 27 Apr. 2018

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1920, in the meaning defined above

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