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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Particle  \Par"ti*cle\,  n.  [L.  particula,  dim  of  pars,  gen 
  partis,  a  part:  cf  F.  particule.  See  {Part},  and  cf 
  {Parcel}.] 
  1.  A  minute  part  or  portion  of  matter;  a  morsel;  a  little 
  bit;  an  atom;  a  jot;  as  a  particle  of  sand,  of  wood,  of 
  dust. 
 
  The  small  size  of  atoms  which  unite  To  make  the 
  smallest  particle  of  light.  --Blackmore. 
 
  2.  Any  very  small  portion  or  part  the  smallest  portion;  as 
  he  has  not  a  particle  of  patriotism  or  virtue. 
 
  The  houses  had  not  given  their  commissioners 
  authority  in  the  least  particle  to  recede. 
  --Clarendon. 
 
  3.  (R.  C.  Ch.) 
  a  A  crumb  or  little  piece  of  concecrated  host. 
  b  The  smaller  hosts  distributed  in  the  communion  of  the 
  laity.  --Bp.  Fitzpatrick. 
 
  4.  (Gram.)  A  subordinate  word  that  is  never  inflected  (a 
  preposition,  conjunction,  interjection);  or  a  word  that 
  can  not  be  used  except  in  compositions;  as  ward  in 
  backward,  ly  in  lovely. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  particle 
  n  1:  (nontechnical  usage)  a  tiny  piece  of  anything  [syn:  {atom}, 
  {molecule},  {mote},  {speck}] 
  2:  a  body  having  finite  mass  and  internal  structure  but 
  negligible  dimensions 
  3:  a  function  word  having  different  uses  in  different  languages 




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