Definition of particle :
1. A crumb or little piece of concecrated host.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. Any very small portion or part; the smallest portion; as, he has not a particle of patriotism or virtue.
5. The smaller hosts distributed in the communion of the laity.
member, hint, element, dot, fragment, pinpoint, corpuscle, pinch, subatomic particle, tinge, soupcon, dram, part, tittle, piece, portion, constituent, component, ingredient, mote, big, instalment, subdivision, spot, section, trifle, minim, ort, ounce, fraction, segment, scruple, molecule, share, blood corpuscle, division, jot, blood cell
particle (part of speech: noun)
- This leaves the roots of the plant unprotected from the sun and speedily every particle of moisture on which the growth is so dependent is dried up. - "Carl and the Cotton Gin", Sara Ware Bassett.
- Put the head into a stewpan, with sufficient cold water to cover it, and when it boils, add a little salt; take off every particle of scum as it rises, and boil the head until perfectly tender. - "The Book of Household Management", Mrs. Isabella Beeton.
- Down under their feet, almost lost under this mass of people, lay a man, hidden in the shadows caused by their forms, which, in fact, barely allowed a particle of light to pass between them. - "Last Words", Stephen Crane.