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tachyon

[tak-ee-on] /ˈtæk iˌɒn/
noun, Physics.
1.
a hypothetical particle that travels faster than the speed of light.
Origin
1967
1967; tachy- + -on1
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Examples from the web for tachyon
  • Thus, time and space is both traversed instantaneously as the illusive tachyon particle.
  • Furthermore, it was an open question whether cancellation of the tachyon survives past one loop.
  • tachyon was requested to withdraw this application by email but has failed to do so.
British Dictionary definitions for tachyon

tachyon

/ˈtækɪˌɒn/
noun
1.
(physics) a hypothetical elementary particle capable of travelling faster than the velocity of light
Word Origin
C20: from tachy- + -on
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Word Origin and History for tachyon
n.

1967, hypothetical faster-than-light particle, from tachy- "swift" + -on.

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tachyon in Science
tachyon
  (tāk'ē-ŏn')   
A hypothetical subatomic particle that travels faster than the speed of light. Although the principles of relativity forbid the acceleration of a particle past the speed of light, they do not prohibit the existence of particles that have always moved faster than that speed. No such particle has ever been detected.
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