hy·​per·​charge ˈhī-pər-ˌchärj How to pronounce hypercharge (audio)
: a quantum characteristic of a group of subatomic particles governed by the strong force that is related to strangeness and is represented by a number equal to twice the average value of the electric charge of the group

Word History


short for hyperonic charge, from hyperon

First Known Use

1956, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hypercharge was in 1956

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“Hypercharge.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hypercharge. Accessed 16 Jul. 2024.

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