Definition of "positron" [positron]

  • An elementary particle having the same mass and magnitude of charge as an electron but exhibiting a positive charge; a positive electron. Also called antielectron. (noun)

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Use "positron" in a sentence
  • "The anti-particle of a negatively charged electron, for example, has a positive charge and is called a positron."
  • "The positron is slowed down by the water and destroyed together with an electron (matter meets antimatter), whereupon two photons (light particles) are created."
  • "Referring to the so-called positron, the positive particle regarded as the polar opposite of the negative electron, he remarks: 'A positron is a hole from which an electron has been removed; it is a bung-hole which would be evened up with its surroundings if an electron were inserted. ..."