accelerator accelerator  /æk ˈsɛ lə ˌreɪ tər/

Definition(s):

  1. (n) a pedal that controls the throttle valve
  2. (n) a valve that regulates the supply of fuel to the engine
  3. (n) (chemistry) a substance that initiates or accelerates a chemical reaction without itself being affected
  4. (n) a scientific instrument that increases the kinetic energy of charged particles

Usage(s):

  1. A giant accelerator searches for a tiny and elusive particle that is key to understanding the origins of the universe.
  2. In medicine, accelerator technology is used in advanced imaging techniques like positron emission tomography for brain scans and in radiotherapy for cancer treatment.
  3. Suddenly DeLisle felt a cramp in his right leg, which stiffened, jamming his foot against the accelerator.

News

  1. Scientists develop tabletop particle accelerator

    KRISTEN BUTLER, UPI.com Tabletop particle accelerator brings power previously only reached by huge facilities to labs worldwide.
    on June 22, 2013     Source: UPI

  2. This particle accelerator fits on a tabletop

    Physicists at The University of Texas at Austin have built a tabletop particle accelerator that can generate energies and speeds previously reached only by major facilities that are hundreds of meters long and cost hundreds of millions of dollars to build. read more        
    on June 21, 2013     Source: TG Daily

  3. Particle accelerator that can fit on a tabletop opens new chapter for science research

    The laser plasma accelerator has accelerated about half a billion electrons to 2 gigaelectronvolts over a distance of about 1 inch. It's a downsizing of a factor of approximately 10,000, and marks a major milestone in the advance toward the day when multi-gigaelectronvolt laser plasma accelerators are standard equipment in research laboratories around the world.
    on June 21, 2013     Source: Science Daily

Quotes

  1. "This is not a time to take our foot off the accelerator here," said Vice President Biden, speaking to reporters at the White House. "We still need to continue to create jobs and spur job growth."
    on Jun 17, 2010 By: Joe Biden Source: Washington Post

  2. "He had a hard time, it looks like, keeping the accelerator down on the back nine when things got out of hand," said Stewart Cink, who played the first two rounds with Woods and also missed the cut. "That's the way it goes. He's obviously got...
    on Apr 30, 2010 By: Stewart Cink Source: ESPN

  3. "When the firing started one of the players shouted 'go, go' and somehow I kept my cool, ducked and pressed the accelerator and sped the bus towards the stadium," Khalil said.
    on Mar 3, 2009 By: Mohammad Khalil Source: Reuters India

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