linear accelerator

noun

Definition of linear accelerator 

: a device in which charged particles are accelerated in a straight line by successive impulses from a series of electric fields

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Matthew Nowicki, a Polish émigré architect, hoped to encircle the vexing roundabout with an elevated linear accelerator-cum-shopping center. Greg Goldin, New York Times, "10 Places That Define New York City, Reimagined," 30 Oct. 2017

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1945, in the meaning defined above

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linear accelerator

noun

Medical Definition of linear accelerator 

: an accelerator in which particles are propelled in a straight line and receive successive increments of energy through the application of alternating potentials to a series of electrodes and gaps

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