spin·​or ˈspi-nər How to pronounce spinor (audio)
: a vector whose components are complex numbers in a two-dimensional or four-dimensional space and which is used especially in the mathematics of the theory of relativity

Word History


International Scientific Vocabulary spin + -or (as in vector)

First Known Use

1931, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of spinor was in 1931

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“Spinor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spinor. Accessed 28 May. 2024.

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