annihilation

(redirected from annihilate)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Legal, Idioms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.

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.
References in periodicals archive ?
Under ordinary conditions, the orthopositronium constituents--an electron and a positron--produce a specific amount of energy when they annihilate each other.
Where most racing games demanded their players to be precise with their movements, ``Takedown'' granted you the chance to annihilate opposing drivers, often resulting in violently spectacular crashes.
In this scenario, because matter and antimatter annihilate each other, nearly all antimatter would eventually vanish, leaving just enough matter to make up essentially everything in the universe today.
His mission on Earth is to examine and eventually annihilate all life.
Players can annihilate the opposition in the 22-mission single-player campaign or dish out the damage in global multiplayer mayhem.
Purim celebrates how Queen Esther and her cousin Mordecai, both Jews, saved their people in Persia from Haman, a prime minister who sought to annihilate them.
By allowing antiprotons and liquid hydrogen atoms to annihilate each other in matter-antimatter collisions, the group generated particles known as kaons and antikaons, which can transform into one another.
When these positrons come into contact with electrons they annihilate or convert the mass into energy seen as coincident 511 keV gamma rays.
The pair create an infectious aura of worshipful disciples who are truly honored to be in the presence of their idol, yet are totally prepared to annihilate him and anybody else without a second thought.
Each bundle is composed of pairs of oppositely directed field lines that about every 40 hours, merge and annihilate each other releasing vast amounts of energy.
Taking a different approach, the physicists used the Crystal Barrel detector to study the products created when antiprotons and protons collide and annihilate each other, and they also found evidence of an exotic meson with a mass of 1.