What does the word particle mean?

Usage examples for particle

  1. The eyes of the fifty sachems began to shine and the fierce and implacable Mohawks, who would not relax a particle for any of the others, nodded with approval, as the speaker played upon the strings of their hearts. – The Hunters of the Hills by Joseph Altsheler
  2. When the compound is formed with of, to prevent a repetition of this particle, the possessive sign is sometimes added as above; and yet the hyphen is not commonly inserted in the phrase, as I think it ought to be. – The Grammar of English Grammars by Goold Brown
  3. It is true, the preposition to does not well express the relation between weary and bear; and, doubtless, some regard should be had to the meaning of this particle, whenever it is any thing more than an index of the mood. – The Grammar of English Grammars by Goold Brown