Definition of antiquark in English:

Share this entry


Pronunciation: /ˈan(t)ēˌkwärk/
Pronunciation: /ˈanˌtīˌkwärk/


The antiparticle of a quark.
Example sentences
  • The proton consists of three quarks, two up and one down, living in a complicated soup of dynamical quarks, antiquarks and gluons, which have ‘colour’ charges.
  • A single quark will be surrounded by a sea of continuously appearing and annihilating virtual pairs of quarks and antiquarks, and virtual pairs of gluons and antigluons.
  • Kaons and pions are examples of particles known as mesons, which contain a quark and an antiquark.

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: an·ti·quark

Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.