linear accelerator
noun Date: 1945 a device in which charged particles are accelerated in a straight line by successive impulses from a series of electric fields

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  • linear accelerator — Physics. an accelerator in which particles are propelled in straight paths by the use of alternating electric voltages that are timed in such a way that the particles receive increasing increments of energy. Also called linac. [1930 35] * * * or… …   Universalium

  • linear accelerator — noun ions are accelerated along a linear path by voltage differences on electrodes along the path • Syn: ↑linac • Hypernyms: ↑accelerator, ↑particle accelerator, ↑atom smasher • Hyponyms: ↑microwave linear accelerator …   Useful english dictionary

  • linear accelerator — A machine that uses electricity to form a stream of fast moving subatomic particles. This creates high energy radiation that may be used to treat cancer. Also called linac, MeV linear accelerator, and mega voltage linear accelerator …   English dictionary of cancer terms

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  • linear accelerator — noun Physics an accelerator in which particles travel in straight lines, not in closed orbits …   English new terms dictionary

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  • linear accelerator — noun (C) technical a piece of equipment that makes particles (=small pieces of atoms) travel in a straight line at increasing speed …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • linear accelerator — linac a machine that accelerates particles to produce high energy radiation, used in the treatment (radiotherapy) of malignant disease …   The new mediacal dictionary

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