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Any of numerous very long and thin alterations or topological defects in spacetime hypothesized to have resulted from the Big Bang and to have made possible the conglomeration of mass into large-scale structures such as galaxy clusters and the inhomogeneous distribution of matter in the universe.
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(General Physics) a one-dimensional defect in space-time postulated in certain theories of cosmology to exist in the universe as a consequence of the big bang. See also string11
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|Noun||1.||cosmic string - (cosmology) a hypothetical one-dimensional subatomic particle having a concentration of energy and the dynamic properties of a flexible loop|
cosmogeny, cosmogony, cosmology - the branch of astrophysics that studies the origin and evolution and structure of the universe
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