See also: atòmic
- (General Australian) enPR: əˈtŏm.ĭk, IPA(key): /əˈtɔm.ɪk/
- (Received Pronunciation) enPR: əˈtŏm.ĭk, IPA(key): /əˈtɒm.ɪk/
- (General American) enPR: əˈtä.mĭk, IPA(key): /əˈtɑː.mɪk/
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- Rhymes: -ɒmɪk
atomic (not comparable)
- (physics, chemistry) Of or relating to atoms; composed of atoms; monatomic.
- Antonym: molecular
- A stream of atomic hydrogen is emitted.
- Employing or relating to nuclear energy or processes.
- We built a small atomic bomb in the garage.
- 1955, David J. Dallin, Soviet Espionage (page 495)
- Before the atomic spy Allan Nunn May left Canada to go to London, a treff in London had to be arranged for him and another agent.
- Infinitesimally small.
- The hairs on a bedbug are almost atomic.
- Unable to be split or made any smaller.
- A bit is an atomic item of data.
- (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.
- 2006, Tim Peierls, Brian Goetz, Joshua Bloch, Joseph Bowbeer, Doug Lea, David Holmes, Java Concurrency in Practice, Pearson Education (→ISBN), page 325:
- It also provides an atomic compareAndSet method (which if successful has the memory effects of both reading and writing a volatile variable) and, for convenience, atomic add, increment, and decrement methods.
- (programming, of a commit in a VCS) Containing a single change, as opposed to involving numerous unrelated changes.
Terms derived from atomic
of, or relating to atoms
of, or employing nuclear energy or processes
unable to be split
computing: guaranteed to either complete fully, or not at all
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atomic (plural atomics)
- (computing) An atomic operation.