quark

noun
\ ˈkwȯrk , ˈkwärk \

Definition of quark 

: any of several elementary particles that are postulated to come in pairs (as in the up and down varieties) of similar mass with one member having a charge of +²/₃ and the other a charge of −¹/₃ and are held to make up hadrons

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But researchers did not see the particles expected 60 percent of the time—bottom quarks. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Researchers Find More Evidence for the Higgs Boson," 10 July 2018 Protons and neutrons are familiar as tiny solids, but particle accelerators can melt them into what’s called a quark-gluon plasma, or QGP. Sylvia Morrow, Discover Magazine, "The Fastest Fluid," 1 Feb. 2018 In Russia and Poland, quark is sold as soft, pressed cakes of curds that are often broken up and mixed with other dairy products for blintzes, pierogi fillings or dips. New York Times, "A Guide to Soft Fresh Cheeses: Cottage Cheese, Mascarpone and More," 26 June 2018 In neutron stars such a phase transition could arise from neutrons breaking apart into a soup of their constituent particles, quarks. Joshua Sokol, Scientific American, "Gravitational Waves Reveal the Hearts of Neutron Stars," 5 June 2018 But there’s much more—protons and neutrons are made up of quarks held together by gluons, one of several types of boson. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "The Large Hadron Collider Is Getting A Huge Power Boost," 19 June 2018 Tevatron researchers discovered the top quark, another subatomic particle, and helped lay the groundwork for CERN’s discovery of the Higgs boson. Peter Kujawinski, New York Times, "Colliders, Sundials and Wonder: When Science Is Your Destination," 28 May 2018 Those tiny components were soon identified as quarks, whose existence had been predicted by Caltech physicist Murray Gell-Mann. Amina Khan, latimes.com, "Richard Taylor, Stanford physicist who won Nobel Prize for discovering quarks, dies at 88," 29 Mar. 2018 The self-effacing Taylor, a Stanford University professor emeritus of physics who shared the Nobel in 1990 for his role in the discovery of quarks, died at his home on the Stanford campus last month. Amina Khan, latimes.com, "Richard Taylor, Stanford physicist who won Nobel Prize for discovering quarks, dies at 88," 29 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of quark

1964, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for quark

coined by Murray Gell-Mann

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quark

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English Language Learners Definition of quark

physics : any one of several types of very small particles that make up matter

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