American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A hypothetical, massive subatomic particle with zero electric charge whose existence would explain the masses of the elementary particles.
- From Higgs ("a surname") + boson; after the British physicist Peter Higgs, who is credited with proposing what is now called the Higgs mechanism. (Wiktionary)
- Fundamental particle of the Higgs field, the hypothetical quantum field responsible for giving subatomic particles their mass, after Peter Ware Higgs (born 1929), British physicist. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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