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INTERACTION

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does interaction mean? 

INTERACTION (noun)
  The noun INTERACTION has 2 senses:

1. a mutual or reciprocal action; interacting
2. (physics) the transfer of energy between elementary particles or between an elementary particle and a field or between fields; mediated by gauge bosons

  Familiarity information: INTERACTION used as a noun is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


INTERACTION (noun)


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Meaning:

A mutual or reciprocal action; interacting

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Hypernyms ("interaction" is a kind of...):

action (something done (usually as opposed to something said))

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "interaction"):

interplay (reciprocal action and reaction)

contact (close interaction)

give-and-take; interchange; reciprocation (mutual interaction; the activity of reciprocating or exchanging (especially information))


Sense 2interaction [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(physics) the transfer of energy between elementary particles or between an elementary particle and a field or between fields; mediated by gauge bosons

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural phenomena

Synonyms:

fundamental interaction; interaction

Hypernyms ("interaction" is a kind of...):

physical phenomenon (a natural phenomenon involving the physics of matter and energy)

Domain category:

natural philosophy; physical science; physics (the science of matter and energy and their interactions)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "interaction"):

electromagnetic interaction (an interaction between charged elementary particles that is intermediate in strength between the strong and weak interactions; mediated by photons)

gravitational interaction (a weak interaction between particles that results from their mass; mediated by gravitons)

color force; strong force; strong interaction ((physics) the interaction that binds protons and neutrons together in the nuclei of atoms; mediated by gluons)

weak force; weak interaction ((physics) an interaction between elementary particles involving neutrinos or antineutrinos that is responsible for certain kinds of radioactive decay; mediated by intermediate vector bosons)


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