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an·ni·hi·la·tion

 (ə-nī′ə-lā′shən)
n.
1.
a. The act or process of annihilating.
b. The condition of having been annihilated; utter destruction.
2. Physics The phenomenon in which a particle and an antiparticle, such as an electron and a positron, meet and are converted to a combination of energy or energetic particles approximately equivalent to the sum of their masses.

annihilation

(əˌnaɪəˈleɪʃən)
n
1. total destruction
2. the act of annihilating
3. (General Physics) physics the destruction of a particle and its antiparticle when they collide. The annihilation of an electron with a positron generates two or, very rarely, three photons of annihilation radiation. The annihilation of a nucleon with its antiparticle generates several pions
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.annihilation - destruction by annihilating somethingannihilation - destruction by annihilating something
destruction, devastation - the termination of something by causing so much damage to it that it cannot be repaired or no longer exists
atomisation, atomization - annihilation by reducing something to atoms
pulverisation, pulverization - annihilation by pulverizing something
vaporization, vaporisation - annihilation by vaporizing something
2.annihilation - total destructionannihilation - total destruction; "bomb tests resulted in the annihilation of the atoll"
extermination, extinction - complete annihilation; "they think a meteor cause the extinction of the dinosaurs"
demolition, wipeout, destruction - an event (or the result of an event) that completely destroys something

annihilation

annihilation

noun
Translations
إبادَة
vyhlazenízničení
udryddelseudslettelse
annihilaatiotuhoutuminen
anihilacija
tortíming
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annihilation

[əˌnaɪəˈleɪʃən] Naniquilación f, aniquilamiento m

annihilation

[əˌnaɪɪˈleɪʃən] n
(= complete destruction) [enemy, army, mankind] → anéantissement m
nuclear annihilation → anéantissement nucléaire
(fig) (= defeat) (in match, argument)anéantissement m

annihilation

nVernichtung f, → Auslöschung f (geh); (fig: of theory) → Vernichtung f, → Zerschlagung f; our team’s annihilationdie vollständige Niederlage unserer Mannschaft; her annihilation of her opponentsdie Art, wie sie ihre Gegner fertigmachte (inf)

annihilation

[əˌnaɪəˈleɪʃn] nannientamento

annihilate

(əˈnaiəleit) verb
to destroy completely. The epidemic annihilated the population of the town.
anˌnihiˈlation noun

annihilation

n. aniquilación, destrucción total.
References in classic literature ?
With that she rushed across the street so impetuously that she narrowly escaped annihilation from a passing truck, and precipitated herself into the arms of a stately old gentleman, who said, "I beg pardon, ma'am," and looked mortally offended.
There were days when she was unhappy, she did not know why,--when it did not seem worth while to be glad or sorry, to be alive or dead; when life appeared to her like a grotesque pandemonium and humanity like worms struggling blindly toward inevitable annihilation.
They had recently seen a chosen army from that country, which, reverencing as a mother, they had blindly believed invincible--an army led by a chief who had been selected from a crowd of trained warriors, for his rare military endowments, disgracefully routed by a handful of French and Indians, and only saved from annihilation by the coolness and spirit of a Virginian boy, whose riper fame has since diffused itself, with the steady influence of moral truth, to the uttermost confines of Christendom.
Like one who after a night of drunken revelry hies to his bed, still reeling, but with conscience yet pricking him, as the plungings of the Roman race-horse but so much the more strike his steel tags into him; as one who in that miserable plight still turns and turns in giddy anguish, praying God for annihilation until the fit be passed; and at last amid the whirl of woe he feels, a deep stupor steals over him, as over the man who bleeds to death, for conscience is the wound, and there's naught to staunch it; so, after sore wrestlings in his berth, Jonah's prodigy of ponderous misery drags him drowning down to sleep.
Could annihilation occur to matter, this were the thing to do it.
He was not always victorious, but then defeat did not mean annihilation, and need not break his spirit.
For many years of her life she had had two sons; but the crime and annihilation of Edward a few weeks ago, had robbed her of one; the similar annihilation of Robert had left her for a fortnight without any; and now, by the resuscitation of Edward, she had one again.
You cannot now wonder," continued my master, "that when you rose upon me so unexpectedly last night, I had difficulty in believing you any other than a mere voice and vision, something that would melt to silence and annihilation, as the midnight whisper and mountain echo had melted before.
In a word," Madame Defarge went on, "my husband has not my reason for pursuing this family to annihilation, and I have not his reason for regarding this Doctor with any sensibility.
I believe he actually began to be afraid he really had been doing something, tending to the annihilation of the British constitution, and the ruin of the country.
In America, from a like cause, the government of the Union has gradually dwindled into a state of decay, approaching nearly to annihilation.
But it could not be less folly to abolish liberty, which is essential to political life, because it nourishes faction, than it would be to wish the annihilation of air, which is essential to animal life, because it imparts to fire its destructive agency.