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atom smasher

Syllabification: at·om smash·er

Definition of atom smasher in English:

noun

Informal term for particle accelerator.
Example sentences
  • The atom smasher at CERN, outside Geneva, is barely able to make tiny samples of anti-hydrogen gas (anti-electrons circling around anti-protons).
  • An indirect test, however, will be carried out within the next decade or so by a huge atom smasher called the Large Hadron Collider, which is now being built by CERN.
  • Even if all the nations of the earth were to band together and single-mindedly build the biggest atom smasher in all history, it would still not be enough to test the theory.

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