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  3  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Molecule  \Mol"e*cule\,  n.  [Dim.  fr  L.  moles  a  mass:  cf  F. 
  mol['e]cule.  See  3d  {Mole}.] 
  1.  One  of  the  very  small  invisible  particles  of  which  all 
  matter  is  supposed  to  consist. 
  2.  (Physics)  The  smallest  part  of  any  substance  which 
  possesses  the  characteristic  properties  and  qualities  of 
  that  substance,  and  which  can  exist  alone  in  a  free  state. 
  3.  (Chem.)  A  group  of  atoms  so  united  and  combined  by 
  chemical  affinity  that  they  form  a  complete,  integrated 
  whole,  being  the  smallest  portion  of  any  particular 
  compound  that  can  exist  in  a  free  state;  as  a  molecule  of 
  water  consists  of  two  atoms  of  hydrogen  and  one  of  oxygen. 
  Cf  {Atom}. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  n  1:  (physics  and  chemistry)  the  simplest  structural  unit  of  an 
  element  or  compound 
  2:  (nontechnical  usage)  a  tiny  piece  of  anything  [syn:  {atom}, 
  {particle},  {mote},  {speck}] 
  From  THE  DEVIL'S  DICTIONARY  ((C)1911  Released  April  15  1993)  [devils]: 
  MOLECULE,  n.  The  ultimate,  indivisible  unit  of  matter.  It  is 
  distinguished  from  the  corpuscle,  also  the  ultimate,  indivisible  unit 
  of  matter,  by  a  closer  resemblance  to  the  atom,  also  the  ultimate, 
  indivisible  unit  of  matter.  Three  great  scientific  theories  of  the 
  structure  of  the  universe  are  the  molecular,  the  corpuscular  and  the 
  atomic.  A  fourth  affirms,  with  Haeckel,  the  condensation  of 
  precipitation  of  matter  from  ether  --  whose  existence  is  proved  by  the 
  condensation  of  precipitation.  The  present  trend  of  scientific 
  thought  is  toward  the  theory  of  ions.  The  ion  differs  from  the 
  molecule,  the  corpuscle  and  the  atom  in  that  it  is  an  ion.  A  fifth 
  theory  is  held  by  idiots,  but  it  is  doubtful  if  they  know  any  more 
  about  the  matter  than  the  others 

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