low mass

noun, often capitalized L&M

Definition of low mass 

: a mass that is recited without singing by the celebrant, without a deacon, subdeacon, or choir assisting the celebrant, and without the use of incense

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Neither a neutron star so massive nor a black hole with such a low mass has ever been discovered. Laney Ruckstuhl, BostonGlobe.com, "Cambridge NASA observatory data reveals what is probably lowest-mass black hole ever seen," 7 June 2018 Carbon fibers, which are generally woven into a fabric, possess desirable qualities such as high tensile strength, low mass, high temperature tolerance, and low thermal expansion. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Elon Musk shows off a new tooling for the BFR spaceship," 9 Apr. 2018 The low mass can be attributed to the carbon composite bodywork and the aluminum structure, as well as extensive use of carbon fiber throughout the minimalist cabin. Tony Markovich, Car and Driver, "Lightweight Limbo: Lotus Applies Familiar Formula to Final 3-Eleven 430," 22 Feb. 2018 Besides its lower mass, the GTS coupe's Roomba-like ground-hugging stance looks menacing with the satin black center-lock wheels. Jeff Yip, Houston Chronicle, "Fast mover: 911 Carrera GTS is pure Porsche and loaded for bear," 26 Jan. 2018 The two neutron stars that merged here have a relatively low mass: they were estimated at about 1.1 to 1.6 times the mass of the Sun, compared to black holes that have been greater than 20 solar masses. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Neutron stars collide, solve major astronomical mysteries," 16 Oct. 2017 The object still syphons gas off its companion (typically a low mass star) and gathers up mass over tens of thousands of years before shredding this again, repeating the explosion. John Wenz, Popular Mechanics, "Astronomers Track Down Mysterious 600-Year-Old Star Explosion," 30 Aug. 2017

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1531, in the meaning defined above

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