Meaning of PARTICLE in English


/ ˈpɑːtɪkl; NAmE ˈpɑːrt-/ noun


a very small piece of sth :

particles of dust

dust particles

There was not a particle of evidence (= no evidence at all) to support the case.


( physics ) a very small piece of matter, such as an electron or proton , that is part of an atom

—see also alpha particle , elementary particle


( grammar ) an adverb or a preposition that can combine with a verb to make a phrasal verb :

In 'She tore up the letter', the word 'up' is a particle.

—see also adverbial particle



late Middle English : from Latin particula little part, diminutive of pars , part- .

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.