from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun The branch of condensed matter physics that deals with the physical properties of solids, especially the electromagnetic, thermodynamic, and structural properties of crystalline solids, such as semiconductors.
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- noun the branch of physics that studies the properties of materials in the solid state: electrical conduction in crystals of semiconductors and metals; superconductivity; photoconductivity
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