subatomic

adjective
sub·​atom·​ic | \ ˌsəb-ə-ˈtä-mik How to pronounce subatomic (audio) \

Definition of subatomic

1 : of or relating to the inside of the atom
2 : of, relating to, or being particles smaller than atoms

Examples of subatomic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Microsoft is taking yet another tack, trying to twist elusive subatomic particles called Majorana fermions into a braided shape that would keep qubits in a quantum state longer. Washington Post, "Why Quantum Computers Will Be Super Awesome, Someday," 26 Oct. 2019 Even more unnerving to physicists is that gravitation is the only force that doesn’t have a quantum solution — a theory that explains the force in terms of subatomic particles. Richard Panek, Twin Cities, "Richard Panek: Gravity? Who knows?," 5 Oct. 2019 This subatomic dance is what gives fluorescents their astral glow. Los Angeles Times, "Day-Glo masterpieces are fading. A conservator and her team are racing to save them," 5 Sep. 2019 NPBs involve accelerating streams of atomic or subatomic particles to nearly light speed and shooting them downrange at a target. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Pentagon Is Giving Up on Particle Beam Weapons," 8 Sep. 2019 But Max Planck, Albert Einstein, Niels Bohr and their contemporaries discovered that down among atoms and subatomic particles, this concreteness dissolves into a soup of possibilities. Wired, "Quantum Darwinism Could Explain What Makes Reality Real," 28 July 2019 But Max Planck, Albert Einstein, Niels Bohr and their contemporaries discovered that down among atoms and subatomic particles, this concreteness dissolves into a soup of possibilities. Philip Ball, WIRED, "Quantum Darwinism Could Explain What Makes Reality Real," 28 July 2019 Pinfold’s experiment, at the $4 billion Large Hadron Collider (LHC), is sifting through subatomic shrapnel for monopolar signatures, and scientists are also keeping their eyes peeled for cosmic monopoles falling from space. Adam Hadhazy, Discover Magazine, "Scientists Hunt for A Seeming Paradox: A Magnet With Only One Pole," 13 Nov. 2018 Scientists have learned more about the subatomic particles known as neutrinos, sometimes called ghost particles. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Ghost Particles Could Explain Just About Everything in the Universe," 23 Aug. 2019

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1874, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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subatomic

adjective
How to pronounce subatomic (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of subatomic

: smaller than an atom
: of or relating to the inside of an atom

subatomic

adjective
sub·​atom·​ic | \ ˌsəb-ə-ˈtäm-ik How to pronounce subatomic (audio) \

Medical Definition of subatomic

1 : of or relating to the inside of the atom
2 : of, relating to, or being particles smaller than atoms

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