linear accelerator

noun

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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Precisely identifying the nuclei in the process is a priority for a new $730 million linear accelerator called the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB) at Michigan State. Byadrian Cho, science.org, 26 Oct. 2022 The world’s first x-ray laser, the Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS) unveiled in 2009 at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, is an FEL powered by the lab’s famous 3-kilometer long linear accelerator. Adrian Cho, Science | AAAS, 25 July 2021 Electrons are fired into a linear accelerator to boost their speeds and then injected into a storage ring. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 2 Dec. 2020 Electrons are fired into a linear accelerator to boost their speeds and then injected into a storage ring. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 2 Dec. 2020 Electrons are fired into a linear accelerator to boost their speeds and then injected into a storage ring. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 2 Dec. 2020 Electrons are fired into a linear accelerator to boost their speeds and then injected into a storage ring. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 2 Dec. 2020 Electrons are fired into a linear accelerator to boost their speeds and then injected into a storage ring. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 2 Dec. 2020 Electrons are fired into a linear accelerator to boost their speeds and then injected into a storage ring. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 2 Dec. 2020 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1945, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of linear accelerator was in 1945

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“Linear accelerator.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/linear%20accelerator. Accessed 5 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

linear accelerator

noun

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

Medical Definition

linear accelerator

noun

: 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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