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A hypothetical subatomic particle that always travels faster than the speed of light.

tach′y·on′ic adj.
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(Nuclear Physics) physics a hypothetical elementary particle capable of travelling faster than the velocity of light
[C20: from tachy- + -on]
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(ˈtæk iˌɒn)

a hypothetical subatomic particle that travels faster than the speed of light.
[1967; < Greek tachý(s) swift]
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