syn·​chro·​cy·​clo·​tron ˌsiŋ-(ˌ)krō-ˈsī-klə-ˌträn How to pronounce synchrocyclotron (audio)
: a modified cyclotron that achieves greater energies for the charged particles by compensating for the variation in mass that the particles experience with increasing velocity

Examples of synchrocyclotron in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The synchrocyclotron looked like the figment of someone’s fevered imagination: a Rube Goldberg device bathed in the fluorescent lights of a European dance club. Peter Kujawinski, New York Times, 28 May 2018 Later, our group visited the building containing CERN’s original particle accelerator, the synchrocyclotron, built in 1957 as a way to help European science regain its feet after the destruction of World War II. Peter Kujawinski, New York Times, 28 May 2018

These examples are programmatically compiled from various online sources to illustrate current usage of the word 'synchrocyclotron.' Any opinions expressed in the examples do not represent those of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback about these examples.

Word History

First Known Use

1947, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of synchrocyclotron was in 1947

Dictionary Entries Near synchrocyclotron

Cite this Entry

“Synchrocyclotron.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Dec. 2023.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!