Particle

Par"ti*cle

(?), n. [L. particula, dim. of pars, gen partis, a part: cf. F. particule. See Part, and cf. Parcel.] 1. A minute part or portion of matter; a morsel; a little bit; an atom; a jot; as, a particle of sand, of wood, of dust.
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The small size of atoms which unite
To make the smallest particle of light.
Blackmore.
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2. Any very small portion or part; the smallest portion; as, he has not a particle of patriotism or virtue.
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The houses had not given their commissioners authority in the least particle to recede.
Clarendon.
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3. (R. C. Ch.) (a) A crumb or little piece of consecrated host. (b) The smaller hosts distributed in the communion of the laity. Bp. Fitzpatrick.
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4. (Gram.) A subordinate word that is never inflected (a preposition, conjunction, interjection); or a word that can not be used except in compositions; as, ward in backward, ly in lovely.
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4. (Physics) An elementary particle.
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