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

  • n. A form of radiation believed to emanate from black holes, arising from the creation of pairs of subatomic particles in the space adjacent to the black hole, with one particle falling into the black hole and the other radiating away. The energy lost to such radiated particles is believed to cause the eventual disappearance of the black hole.


After Stephen William Hawking.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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