hyperfine

adjective

hy·​per·​fine ˈhī-pər-ˌfīn How to pronounce hyperfine (audio)
: being or relating to a fine-structure multiplet occurring in an atomic spectrum that is due to interaction between electrons and nuclear spin

Examples of hyperfine in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Infrared sensors can’t reach the hyperfine resolutions of visible light cameras; the highest resolution of any infrared camera is Landsat, which can go down to 100 meters. IEEE Spectrum, 28 Nov. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1926, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of hyperfine was in 1926

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“Hyperfine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hyperfine. Accessed 13 Jul. 2024.

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