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- v. Third-person singular simple present indicative form of fractionalize.
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One factor is our diversity, which has been a strength when our myriad of ethnic backgrounds are well-blended in our greater identity as Americans (e pluribus unum — out of many, one) but which can become a weakness if an overemphasis on diversity fractionalizes our electorate.
The question that physicists ask is, when the electron fractionalizes into its spin and charge, where do its Fermi statistics go?
One of the many intriguing puzzles in physics is the strange behavior of the electron as it fractionalizes into two separate quasiparticles.
The physicists suggest that the electron fractionalizes into not just two, but three components that carry the electron's spin, charge, and Fermi statistics.