particle


particle
/ˈpatɪkəl / (say 'pahtikuhl)

noun
1. a minute portion, piece, or amount; a very small bit: a particle of dust.
2. Physicselementary particle.
3. a clause or article, as of a document.
4. Roman Catholic Church
a. a little piece of the Host.
b. the small Host given to each lay communicant.
5. Grammar
a. (in some languages) one of the major form classes, or parts of speech, consisting of words which are neither nouns nor verbs, or of all uninflected words, or the like.
b. such a word.
c. a small word of functional or relational use, such as an article, preposition, or conjunction, whether of a separate form class or not.
{Middle English, from Latin particula, diminutive of pars part (noun)

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

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