from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Of or relating to an atom or atoms.
- adj. Of or employing nuclear energy: an atomic submarine; atomic weapons.
- adj. Very small; infinitesimal.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Of, or relating to atoms
- adj. Of, or employing nuclear energy or processes
- adj. Infinitesimally small
- adj. Unable to be split or made any smaller
- adj. Said of an operation that is guaranteed to either complete fully, or not at all.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Of or pertaining to atoms.
- adj. Extremely minute; tiny.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Pertaining to atoms; consisting of atoms.
- Extremely minute.
- In client., existing in the condition of isolated atoms of the same kind; not united into groups to constitute molecules: as, for example, active oxygen at the instant of its separation from hydrogen dioxid.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. of or relating to or comprising atoms
- adj. (weapons) deriving destructive energy from the release of atomic energy
- adj. immeasurably small
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For example, World War II was ending and you could easily use the term atomic bomb, which might be thought to be more important than show biz.
Dalton's application of the Greek atomic theory to the facts established by the analyses of compounds enabled him to attach to each element a number which he called the atomic weight of the element, and to summarise all the facts concerning the compositions of compounds in the statement, that the elements combine in the ratios of their atomic weights, or in the ratios of whole multiples of their atomic weights.
Helping the burn victims, doctors took some time to realize that they were dealing with a new and horrifically deadly phenomenon, radiation sickness—what they called atomic bomb disease.
And from 1949 to 1959 "atomic" is the word with the greatest "burstiness".
I don't know, exactly what alloys you mean, but bismuth is common, and is heavier than lead in atomic weight.
It is not enough, for me, that Mexicans have built in atomic clocks and know the precise instant it is no longer "buenos dias" and becomes "buenas tardes."
That they have "... built in atomic clocks ...." informing them of the time of day?
Almost all experimental work in atomic physics had previously been done at the level of the electron shell.
But given the fact that Ronald Radosh and Joyce Milton definitively established a full decade before "Angels" opened on Broadway that the Rosenbergs had been involved in atomic spying, I'm not inclined to cut Mr. Kushner a whole lot of slack.
Schultz said the silver molecules detected were in atomic form - loosely attached to grains of lunar soil, or "regolith" - and were not the kind of deposits that could be mined.
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