Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Any of various hypothetical, massive subatomic particles that interact with matter only through gravity and the weak force and that are thought to contribute to a galaxy's missing mass.

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  • initialism astronomy, physics Acronym of weakly interacting massive particle.
  • initialism computing Acronym of window, icon, menu, pointing device. (a GUI paradigm)

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  • noun a person who lacks confidence, is irresolute and wishy-washy
  • noun a hypothetical subatomic particle of large mass that interacts weakly with ordinary matter through gravitation; postulated as a constituent of the dark matter of the universe

Etymologies

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

[w(eakly) i(nteracting) m(assive) p(article).]

Examples

  • What kind of WIMP is afraid of these criminals? slp

    Administration critics slam civilian trials for 9/11 suspects

  • In a presentation at the X Media Lab conference held in Sydney in late November, de los Reyes described computing as moving away from an explicit interface currently defined by the acronym WIMP - windows, icons, menus, and pointers - towards an implicit one that can be used without training.

    The Sydney Morning Herald News Headlines

  • According to police reports the word WIMP could clearly be seen spelled out on the girls neck.

    State Journal Featured Content

  • Police say a Marshall County mother burned the word WIMP into her daugher's neck with cigarettes.

    7 Top Stories, Sports and Weather

  • According to police reports the word WIMP could clearly be seen spelled out on the girls neck.

    7 Top Stories, Sports and Weather

  • Police say a Marshall County mother burned the word WIMP into her daugher's neck with cigarettes.

    State Journal Featured Content

  • The commercial successor to the Alto, the Star, would eventually set many of the conventions we take for granted today: the desktop metaphor, and that odd acronym 'WIMP' - window, icon, expanded the concept greatly, delivering the prototypical menu: the pull-down menu (the one seen in menu bars).

    OSNews

  • The commercial successor to the Alto, the Star, would eventually set many of the conventions we take for granted today: the desktop metaphor, and that odd acronym 'WIMP' - window, icon, expanded the concept greatly, delivering the prototypical menu: the pull-down menu (the one seen in menu bars).

    LXer Linux News

  • According to Kahney, the company was inspired to create a GUI computer when Jobs and a team of engineers visited a Xerox research facility and studied a system that was in development called WIMP -- window, icon, menu, pointing device.

    Top Stories - Google News

  • One of the leading candidates for the dark matter particle is something called a WIMP, or Weakly-interacting Massive Particle.

    Livescience.com

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