Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A subatomic particle that has a large mass and interacts with other matter primarily through gravitation.

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  • Acronym of weakly interacting massive particle.
  • Acronym of window, icon, menu, pointing device. (a GUI paradigm)

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a person who lacks confidence, is irresolute and wishy-washy
  • n. a hypothetical subatomic particle of large mass that interacts weakly with ordinary matter through gravitation; postulated as a constituent of the dark matter of the universe

Etymologies

w(eakly) i(nteracting) m(assive) p(article).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • What kind of WIMP is afraid of these criminals? slp

    Administration critics slam civilian trials for 9/11 suspects

  • In a presentation at the X Media Lab conference held in Sydney in late November, de los Reyes described computing as moving away from an explicit interface currently defined by the acronym WIMP - windows, icons, menus, and pointers - towards an implicit one that can be used without training.

    The Sydney Morning Herald News Headlines

  • Police say a Marshall County mother burned the word WIMP into her daugher's neck with cigarettes.

    State Journal Featured Content

  • According to police reports the word WIMP could clearly be seen spelled out on the girls neck.

    State Journal Featured Content

  • The commercial successor to the Alto, the Star, would eventually set many of the conventions we take for granted today: the desktop metaphor, and that odd acronym 'WIMP' - window, icon, expanded the concept greatly, delivering the prototypical menu: the pull-down menu (the one seen in menu bars).

    OSNews

  • According to Kahney, the company was inspired to create a GUI computer when Jobs and a team of engineers visited a Xerox research facility and studied a system that was in development called WIMP -- window, icon, menu, pointing device.

    Top Stories - Google News

  • One of the leading candidates for the dark matter particle is something called a WIMP, or Weakly-interacting Massive Particle.

    Livescience.com

  • Another is called a WIMP, or Weakly Interacting Massive Particle.

    PhysOrg.com - latest science and technology news stories

  • Now, physicists have announced they've spotted electrons with just about the amount of energy they would have expected to be made by a particular kind of WIMP entering the visible world.

    Original Signal - Transmitting Buzz

  • Researchers working on an underground experiment to search for dark matter, the invisible material believed to make up at least 80 percent of the mass of the universe, announce the possible detection of a dark matter particle called a WIMP (

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