Definition of annihilation in English:

annihilation

Line breaks: an¦ni¦hi|la¦tion
Pronunciation: /ənʌɪɪˈleɪʃ(ə)n
 
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noun

[mass noun]
  • 1Complete destruction or obliteration: the threat of global annihilation
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    • The threat of global annihilation has so colored the debate that for many people it is considered an axiomatic truth that the use of such weaponry can never be justified.
    • Ground Zero subsequently became a term to describe the point directly below a nuclear explosion - where destruction is total and annihilation of all life is complete.
    • This is something entirely between the United States government and those regimes who dislike freedom, who really develop weapons of mass destruction for mass annihilation.
  • 1.1Total defeat: a show of independence is its only hope of avoiding annihilation in next year’s elections
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    • But all said and done, if the NDP hopes to avoid electoral annihilation it would do well to opt for Mr. Nystrom.
    • They have argued that the Conservative Party faces, if not annihilation, something near to total disaster.
    • As the world-at-large clearly knows now, the thirtieth America's Cup defense 2000 was a total annihilation of the Italian Prada Challenge by defenders Team New Zealand.
  • 2 Physics The conversion of matter into energy, especially the mutual conversion of a particle and an antiparticle into electromagnetic radiation.
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    • Ultimately, for travel to distant star systems, the tremendous energy available in particle annihilation will be applied in propulsion.
    • The lead plates convert a small fraction of the incident annihilation photons into electrons while the wire chambers determine the position of the charge.
    • By measuring the time between the pulse and the photon flash of electron-positron annihilation the team was able to map the defect regions.

Origin

mid 16th century: from late Latin annihilatio(n-), from the verb annihilare (see annihilate).

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