Definition of xenon
: a heavy colorless and relatively inert gaseous element that occurs in air as about one part in 20 million and is used especially in specialized electric lamps (such as flashtubes) and in scientific research — see element table
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Rosetta's observations revealed that 67P is deficient in heavy xenon.
A new study suggests that about 20 percent of the noble gas xenon in Earth's atmosphere was delivered by comets long ago.
The chamber filled with 10 tons of liquid xenon will sit inside that, and more than 500 photomultiplier tubes—
Over the last 30 years, as automotive lighting has graduated from incandescent bulbs to halogen, xenon and now LED, headlamps have definitely gotten brighter.
The idea is that a dark matter particle might whoosh by a xenon atom, knocking off an electron, which LUX would detect as an increase in charge.
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Origin and Etymology of xenon
Greek, neuter of xenos strange
First Known Use: 1898See Words from the same year
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Definition of xenon for English Language Learners
: a chemical element that is a colorless gas and that is used especially in electric lights
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