standard model


: a theory in physics that describes the basic components of matter and the forces that govern their interactions

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web In the standard model of particle physics, a model that explains all fundamental forces except gravity, forces are carried by specialized particles. Sarah Wells, Popular Mechanics, 10 Feb. 2023 The standard model will have the same design as 2023’s Pixel 8. Maren Estrada, BGR, 23 Dec. 2022 In a nutshell, researchers determined that the boson whose existence was detected at CERN indeed decays into fermions—as predicted by the standard model of particle physics. Amir Aczel, Discover Magazine, 25 June 2014 According to the standard model of particle physics, every proton and neutron consists of three quarks, which are held together by gluons. Rachel Courtland, IEEE Spectrum, 1 May 2014 For example, string theory can’t yet incorporate an existing understanding of the standard model. Sarah Wells, Popular Mechanics, 10 Feb. 2023 The kit includes protection for the underbelly of the SUV and adds 1.2 inches of ground clearance over the standard model. Jack Fitzgerald, Car and Driver, 31 Jan. 2023 Why is it considered a triumph that the standard model of cosmology doesn’t say what 95 percent of the universe is? Dennis Overbye, New York Times, 24 Jan. 2023 It’s been given a 3.5-inch ride height boost and its track is 2.75 inches wider than that of the standard model. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 3 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1982, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of standard model was in 1982

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“Standard model.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Mar. 2023.

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