atom atom  /ˈæ təm/

Definition(s):

  1. (n) (physics and chemistry) the smallest component of an element having the chemical properties of the element
  2. (n) (nontechnical usage) a tiny piece of anything

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Usage(s):

  1. The world's atomic club has become one country bigger.
  2. The structural materials in an atomic bomb need not be long-lasting; they haven't much future, anyway.
  3. The atom bombs dropped over Japan ended a terrible war and persuaded the world never to use nuclear weapons again.

News

  1. The Heart of Bone

    MIT researchers have decoded the complex structure that gives bones their strength A team of MIT researchers led by civil engineer and materials scientist Markus Buehler has finally unraveled the structure of bone—a long-standing mystery—with almost atom-by-atom precision. Doing so took many years of analysis by some of the world’s most powerful computers, results that were confirmed by ...
    on June 18, 2013     Source: Technology Review

  2. TimesTalks Luminato Festival Video: Atom Egoyan

    The film and stage director Atom Egoyan talks with Daniel J. Wakin, deputy culture editor at The Times.
    on June 16, 2013     Source: New York Times

  3. ArtsBeat: TimesTalks Luminato Festival Video: Atom Egoyan

    The film and stage director Atom Egoyan talks with Daniel J. Wakin, deputy culture editor at The Times.        
    on June 16, 2013     Source: New York Times

Quotes

  1. "We took the best and brightest and locked them up in Los Alamos and said you can't leave until you split the atom and create, unfortunately, a bomb," Ziskin said. "This is no less a problem, with half a million Americans a year dying from...
    on Sep 5, 2008 By: Laura Ziskin Source: FOXNews

  2. "He was moved by a deep ethical concern," Drell said. "He had worked on the atom bomb project, and understood what would be the effect of a nuclear war. He was profoundly committed to enhancing prospects of peace."
    on Sep 28, 2007 By: Sidney Drell Source: International Herald Tribune

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