Definition of Higgs boson in English:

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Higgs boson

Pronunciation: /ˌhiɡz ˈbōsän/
(also Higgs particle)


A subatomic particle whose existence is predicted by the theory that unified the weak and electromagnetic interactions.
Example sentences
  • He suggested that the priority for scientists using the ILC would be to better understand the Higgs particle, a theoretical particle which, if it exists, would explain why matter has mass.
  • Scientists are also intensifying their hunt for the Higgs boson, a force particle which is thought to account for mass.
  • Some time ago, Professor Stephen Hawking bet 100 that the Higgs particle would never be found.


1970s: named after Peter W. Higgs (1929–), English physicist.

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Syllabification: Higgs boson

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