1. [ noun ] (nontechnical usage) a tiny piece of anything
Synonyms: speck molecule mote corpuscle atom
Related terms: material grain chylomicron flyspeck atomize
2. [ noun ] (physics) a body having finite mass and internal structure but negligible dimensions
Related terms: body micelle ion thermion elementary_particle superstring scintilla deuteron alpha_particle beta_particle boson prion virino fermion magnetic_monopole virion
3. [ noun ] (grammar,linguistics) a function word having different uses in different languages
Related terms: function_word
Similar spelling:   participle