annihilation


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annihilation

[ənī′əlā′shən]
the total transformation of matter into energy, as when an antimatter positron collides with an electron. Two photons are created, each with an energy equaling the mass of the individual particles at rest.
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Never was our expedition in more imminent danger of complete annihilation.
Just as every day the death of numbers of beings is necessary because without their annihilation the rest cannot live on--(although we must admit that the idea is not a particularly grand one in itself
if you knew how utterly lonely and desolate I feel at this moment, and how you, who separate me from all I love, seem to resemble the image of solitude, of annihilation - death itself.
When they had heard our story and our plans they decided to accompany us to Sari, that Dacor and Ghak might come to an agreement relative to an alliance, as Dacor was quite as enthusiastic about the proposed annihilation of the Mahars and Sagoths as either Dian or I.
Van Horn called her his parcel of trouble, and he was anxious to be rid of the parcel, without, however, the utter annihilation of the parcel.
As one charged toward his truck, he would drive fearfully upon a sidewalk, threatening untold people with annihilation.
annihilation awarded to the wise, particularly to those wise enough to
Apart from that, he had but one thought: to complete his written appeal to the benign powers who, traversing the haunted wood, might some time rescue him if he should be denied the blessing of annihilation.
Then an agent of the Iron Heel managed to become a member, penetrated all its secrets, and brought about its total annihilation.
There ye go," he said, addressing himself to the rivulet, "bubblin' to yer ain annihilation in the loch yonder
Of the Roman and British civilization the Anglo-Saxons were ruthless destroyers, exulting, like other barbarians, in the wanton annihilation of things which they did not understand.
Take the analogy of the body: The evil of the body is a disease which wastes and reduces and annihilates the body; and all the things of which we were just now speaking come to annihilation through their own corruption attaching to them and inhering in them and so destroying them.