Definition of hadron in English:

hadron

Line breaks: had¦ron
Pronunciation: /ˈhadrɒn
 
/

noun

Physics
  • A subatomic particle of a type including the baryons and mesons, which can take part in the strong interaction.
    More example sentences
    • For example, the earliest version of the theory could only accommodate bosons, whereas many hadrons - including the proton and neutron - are fermions.
    • The simplest hadrons are therefore mesons made from a quark and antiquark pair (where the difference is zero), and baryons made of three quarks (where the difference is three).
    • Beams of hadrons, such as protons, neutrons and ions, offer important advantages over X-ray radiotherapy.

Derivatives

hadronic

Pronunciation: /-ˈdrɒnɪk/
adjective
More example sentences
  • This process results in two jets of hadronic particles as the quarks form hadrons.
  • ‘Color,’ as in quantum chromodynamics, refers here to the hadronic analogue of charge rather than to anything optical.
  • Because the heavy quark is relatively inert, one can extract the properties of different light-quark configurations from the hadronic spectrum.

Origin

1960s: from Greek hadros 'bulky' + -on.

More definitions of hadron

Definition of hadron in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day skosh
Pronunciation: skəʊʃ
noun
a small amount; a little