particle

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Singular
particle

Plural
particles

  1. (countable) (physics) A particle is a very small, tiny piece.
    His eye hurt because a particle of dust had got into it.
  2. (countable) (linguistics) A particle is type of complement in a verb phrase, coming either between a verb and a direct object or after the object.
    In I picked it up and I picked up the bit, the preposition up functions as a particle.