par·ti·cle /ˈpɑrtɪkəl/ 名詞
1. A minute part or portion of matter; a morsel; a little bit; an atom; a jot; as, a particle of sand, of wood, of dust.
The small size of atoms which unite
To make the smallest particle of light. --Blackmore.
2. Any very small portion or part; the smallest portion; as, he has not a particle of patriotism or virtue.
The houses had not given their commissioners authority in the least particle to recede. --Clarendon.
3. R. C. Ch. (a) A crumb or little piece of consecrated host. (b) The smaller hosts distributed in the communion of the laity.
4. Gram. A subordinate word that is never inflected (a preposition, conjunction, interjection); or a word that can not be used except in compositions; as, ward in backward, ly in lovely.
n 1: (nontechnical usage) a tiny piece of anything [syn: atom,
molecule, corpuscle, mote, speck]
2: a body having finite mass and internal structure but
3: a function word that can be used in English to form phrasal