pion

noun
pi·​on | \ ˈpī-ˌän How to pronounce pion (audio) \

Definition of pion

: a meson that is a combination of up and down quarks and antiquarks, that may be positive, negative, or neutral, and that has a mass about 270 times that of the electron

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Other Words from pion

pionic \ pī-​ˈä-​nik How to pronounce pionic (audio) \ adjective

Examples of pion in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web An early triumph in which Chew’s students used the bootstrap to predict the mass of the rho meson — a particle made of pions that are held together by exchanging rho mesons — won many converts. Quanta Magazine, "Physicists Uncover Geometric ‘Theory Space’," 23 Feb. 2017 The Xi decays into a particle called the lambda baryon and three lighter particles, the K- (or kaon) and two pions. Fox News, "‘Charming’ heavy particle discovered at world’s largest atom smasher," 11 July 2017 The most famous of these two-quark particles are kaons and pions. Adam Mann, WIRED, "Mysterious Subatomic Particle May Represent Exotic New Form of Matter," 17 June 2013

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First Known Use of pion

1950, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pion

contraction of pi-meson

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“Pion.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pion. Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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