Definitions

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

  • noun A mathematical object associated with group representations, often used in theoretical physics to model certain topological properties of space. Spinors resemble vectors but change sign (that is, they are multiplied by −1) when rotated 360 degrees.

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  • noun algebra An element of the fundamental representation of a Clifford algebra

Etymologies

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

[spin + –or (on the model of tensor and vector).]

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  • physics - "Other physicists figured out that this quantum state represented spin.

    And the up and down degrees of freedom with direction of pointing along the angular momentum axis. We now call these component waveforms spinors"

    June 22, 2017