Definition for Atom (-s, -'s)

atom (-s, -'s), n. [Fr. < L. < Gk α, not + Τεμνω, to cut; 'indivisible'; 'twinkling of an eye'.] (webplay: admit, chemical, first).

  1. Element; physical material; particle of the decomposing human body; [fig.] decay; mortality.
  2. Fragment; bit; very small piece; minute part of a whole.
  3. First principle of matter; individual in a physical, tangible, material state; [word play] Adam; man; first human being according to the Bible.
  4. Physical component; sub-molecular unit; indivisible body; extremely small part of a molecule; particle having a nucleus, electron valences, and little weight.
  5. Mote; scent; odor; smell; sense; element existing in the air; [fig.] feeling; mood.

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