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particle

noun atom, bit, component part, crumb, cutting, fragment, grain, granule, hint, mite, modicum, moiety, molecule, morsel, piece, pittance, point, scintilla, snippet, speck, spot, suggestion, trace
See also: constituent, element, iota, minimum, modicum, part, portion, scintilla
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There was a flavour and a relish to this small particle of food that under other circumstances it would have been impossible for the most delicate viands to have imparted.
That power which does not respect quantity, which makes the whole and the particle its equal channel, delegates its smile to the morning, and distils its essence into every drop of rain.
The plain was agitated like the sea shaken by the fury of a tempest; billows of sand went tossing over each other amid blinding clouds of dust; an immense pillar was seen whirling toward them through the air from the southeast, with terrific velocity; the sun was disappearing behind an opaque veil of cloud whose enormous barrier extended clear to the horizon, while the grains of fine sand went gliding together with all the supple ease of liquid particles, and the rising dust-tide gained more and more with every second.
Above ground, bedded in pools of blood, rose, heavy and sparkling, the short, thick pillars of the cavern, of which the strongly marked shades threw out the luminous particles.
The only motion in the air was that of the dripping, microscopic particles of drizzling mist.
Little particles of dust or blossom fell on the plates now and then when the branches sighed above.
Centrifugal force hurled the particles of the nebulous center toward the crust as rapidly as they approached a solid state.
Mechanically the man's fingers felt of the object resting almost in their grasp--it was a soft pouch, filled with small, hard particles.
A thin stream of blackish, dry particles filtered slowly through the tiny aperture into the bottom of the cup.
There was no cohesion among the particles, and it could not be moulded into snow- balls.
How could this happen to a man who had lived through that magical spring and summer, and who had felt that the stars themselves were but flaming particles in the far-away infinitudes of his love?
When the homogeneous atoms of a mineral, moving freely in solution, arrange themselves into shapes mathematically perfect, or particles of frozen moisture into the symmetrical and beautiful forms of snowflakes, you have nothing to say.