from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A circular particle accelerator in which charged subatomic particles generated at a central source are accelerated spirally outward in a plane perpendicular to a fixed magnetic field by an alternating electric field. A cyclotron is capable of generating particle energies between a few million and several tens of millions of electron volts.
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- n. An early particle accelerator in which charged particles were generated at a central source and accelerated spirally outward through a fixed magnetic and alternating electric fields.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. a particle accelerator that imparts energies of several million electron-volts to rapidly moving particles; it is used in investigations in nuclear physics and particle physics.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an accelerator that imparts energies of several million electron-volts to rapidly moving particles
cyclo- + -tron (Wiktionary)