atomic theory

Primary Meanings of atomic theory

1.
n
a theory of the structure of the atom
2.
n
(chemistry) any theory in which all matter is composed of tiny discrete finite indivisible indestructible particles
Full Definitions of atomic theory
1

n a theory of the structure of the atom

Types:
Bohr theory
(physics) a theory of atomic structure that combined Rutherford's model with the quantum theory; electrons orbiting a nucleus can only be in certain stationary energy states and light is emitted when electrons jump from one energy state to another
Rutherford atom
first modern concept of atomic structure; all of the positive charge and most of the mass of the atom are contained in a compact nucleus; a number of electrons (equal to the atomic number) occupy the rest of the volume of the atom and neutralize the positive charge
Type of:
scientific theory
a theory that explains scientific observations
2

n (chemistry) any theory in which all matter is composed of tiny discrete finite indivisible indestructible particles

“the ancient Greek philosophers Democritus and Epicurus held atomic theories of the universe”
Synonyms:
atomism, atomist theory, atomistic theory
Antonyms:
holism, holistic theory
the theory that the parts of any whole cannot exist and cannot be understood except in their relation to the whole
Type of:
theory
a well-substantiated explanation of some aspect of the natural world; an organized system of accepted knowledge that applies in a variety of circumstances to explain a specific set of phenomena

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