Atom - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈætəm|  American pronunciation of the word atom
Brit.  |ˈætəm|  British pronunciation of the word atom

noun

- (physics and chemistry) the smallest component of an element having the chemical properties of the element
- (nontechnical usage) a tiny piece of anything (syn: corpuscle, molecule, mote, particle, speck)

Examples

There is not an atom of truth to what he said.

...give me just one atom of information about the novel's surprise ending...

There isn't an atom of truth in it.

...the outdated belief that the atom is the smallest particle of matter and is not separable...

The scientific world entered on a new age with the splitting of the atom.

The position of every atom is determined by the equilibration of these two forces.

I suppose in every atom two poles in its superficies, and a Central point within its substance, which I call its Bias.

How awful to feel himself there an atom amidst the infinity of nature!

the burst of an atom bomb creates enormous radiation aloft

they regarded the atom bomb as a monstrosity

they calibrate the effects of atom bombs in megadeaths

the harnessed power of the atom

Word forms

noun
singular: atom
plural: atoms
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