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

  • noun A particle accelerator used to bring about collisions between particles or atoms in order to study their behavior or create isotopes.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Physics) a particle accelerator in which two separate beams of particles (usually of opposite charge) are circulated in opposite directions and directed so as to collide head on. This technique allows the production of collisions of higher energy than would be possible with a single beam produced by the same device.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun physics Any of several forms of particle accelerator in which two opposing beams of particles collide

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun an accelerator in which two beams of particles are forced to collide head on


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