annihilation
Pronunciation
  • IPA: /əˌnaɪ.əˈleɪ.ʃən/
Noun

annihilation

  1. The act of destroying or otherwise turning into nothing, or nonexistence
  2. The act of destroying the form or combination of parts under which a thing exists, so that the name can no longer be applied to it
    the annihilation of a corporation
  3. The state of being annihilated.
    • 1902, William James, The Varieties of Religious Experience, Lecture 2:
      If you ask how religion thus falls on the thorns and faces death, and in the very act annuls annihilation, I cannot explain the matter, for it is religion's secret, and to understand it you must yourself have been a religious man of the extremer type.
  4. (physics) The process of a particle and its corresponding antiparticle combining to produce energy.
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