Definitions

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

  • n. Physics A hypothetical particle consisting of a very short one-dimensional string existing in ten dimensions. It is the elementary particle in a theory of space-time incorporating supersymmetry.

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  • n. a hypothetical object consisting of a very small one-dimensional string that vibrates in ten (or more) dimensions

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  • n. a hypothetical particle that is the elementary particle in a theory of space-time

Etymologies

super(symmetry) + string.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Back-formation from superstring theory, which is a shorthand for supersymmetric string theory. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Recently, a theory called the superstring theory has attempted to explain that particles are not the smallest form in the world but rather small vibrating loops called strings.

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  • However, particle physicists (such as superstring theorists) tended to view black holes as being just another quantum state.

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  • Namasmaran is thus a key to unravel and experience the 'superstring' that links the whole of the universe.

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  • "superstring" theory 20 years ago, it has evolved from "strings" to "membranes," although all forms of the theory propose extra dimensions (11, in fact).

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  • A: Well, a superstring -- like a very, very thin rubber band -- is an object with only one dimension, the dimension that extends along its own length.

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  • The point is that superstring theory was initially thought to only contain strings.

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  • The inflationary/superstring many-universes generator can only produce life-sustaining universes because it has the following “components” or “mechanisms:”

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  • In addition to the four factors listed above, the inflationary/superstring many-universes generator can only produce life-sustaining universes because the right background laws are in place.

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  • As explained above, superstring theory might allow enough variation in the variations in the constants of physics among bubble universes to make it reasonably likely that a fine-tuned universe would be produced.

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  • It is argued that this means that superstring theory is no more a part of science than is Intelligent Design.

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