Part of speech: noun

A minute portion of matter; small amount.

Part of speech: noun

An uninflected part of speech, as a preposition.

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Usage examples "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", 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", 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", Goold Brown.