electroweak

adjective

elec·​tro·​weak i-ˈlek-trō-ˌwēk How to pronounce electroweak (audio)
: of, relating to, or being the unification of electromagnetism and the weak force

Examples of electroweak in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The role of the Higgs field is to break the symmetry of the electroweak interactions, as discussed here. Sean Carroll, Discover Magazine, 14 June 2011 The current stability of the vacuum depends on how ultimate that splitting of the electroweak force was. Paul M. Sutter, Discover Magazine, 16 Dec. 2022 The final pieces of the Standard Model had recently been put into place, with the Higgs mechanism, electroweak symmetry breaking, and asymptotic freedom having all been worked out theoretically. Ethan Siegel, Forbes, 8 Sep. 2021 His work in showing how electromagnetism and the weak force could be jointly viewed as the electroweak force was made known to the world in a paper published in 1967 in the Physical Review Letters. Washington Post, 26 July 2021 One, called electroweak baryogenesis, posits extra versions of the Higgs boson—the particle related to how everything else gets mass. Clara Moskowitz, Scientific American, 23 Apr. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1978, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of electroweak was in 1978

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“Electroweak.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/electroweak. Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

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