fine structure

noun

Definition of fine structure

: microscopic structure of a biological entity or one of its parts especially as studied in preparations for the electron microscope

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Other Words from fine structure

fine structural adjective

Examples of fine structure in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The fine structure constant has not changed in time. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Fine structure constant may vary with space, constant in time," 28 Apr. 2020 Everybody talks about green buildings today, fine structures with green accolades attached to them. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "Green Buildings Are the New Thing, But What About Green Construction Sites?," 31 Oct. 2019 In addition, bird feathers can get their color from the fine structure of their feathers, rather than directly from pigments. Michael Greshko, National Geographic, "First blue feathers found on a fossilized bird," 25 June 2019 The bill requires dirt, sand and rock quarry operations across the state to register with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and created a fine structure for companies that did not follow the requirements. Chris Shelton, Houston Chronicle, "Local, state officials eye funding for flood mitigation projects," 1 Mar. 2018 And instead of being designed, the fine structure of the UCLA device essentially organized itself out of random chemical and electrical processes. Quanta Magazine, "A Brain Built From Atomic Switches Can Learn," 20 Sep. 2017 In addition, bird feathers can get their color from the fine structure of their feathers, rather than directly from pigments. Michael Greshko, National Geographic, "First blue feathers found on a fossilized bird," 25 June 2019 The bill requires dirt, sand and rock quarry operations across the state to register with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and created a fine structure for companies that did not follow the requirements. Chris Shelton, Houston Chronicle, "Local, state officials eye funding for flood mitigation projects," 1 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of fine structure

1867, in the meaning defined above

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“Fine structure.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fine%20structure. Accessed 31 Oct. 2020.

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fine structure

noun

Medical Definition of fine structure

: microscopic structure of a biological entity or one of its parts especially as studied in preparations for the electron microscope

Other Words from fine structure

fine structural adjective

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