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atom +‎ -ic

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atomic (not comparable)

  1. (physics, chemistry) Of or relating to atoms.
    A stream of atomic hydrogen is emitted.
  2. Of or employing nuclear energy or processes.
    We built a small atomic bomb in the garage.
  3. Infinitesimally small.
    The hairs on a bedbug are almost atomic.
  4. Unable to be split or made any smaller.
    A bit is an atomic item of data.
  5. (computing) Of an operation: guaranteed to complete either fully or not at all while waiting in a pause, and running synchronously when called by multiple asynchronous threads.
    In order to avoid race conditions, this operation has to be atomic.
    Whenever possible, use atomic types instead of mutexes.

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atomic (plural atomics)

  1. (computing) An atomic operation.

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