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Any of the four most basic ways in which subatomic particles interact, comprising the strong, weak, electromagnetic, and gravitational interactions.
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(General Physics) any of the four basic interactions that occur in nature: the gravitational, electromagnetic, strong, and weak interactions
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|Noun||1.||fundamental interaction - (physics) the transfer of energy between elementary particles or between an elementary particle and a field or between fields; mediated by gauge bosons|
natural philosophy, physics - the science of matter and energy and their interactions; "his favorite subject was physics"
physical phenomenon - a natural phenomenon involving the physical properties of matter and energy
electromagnetic interaction - an interaction between charged elementary particles that is intermediate in strength between the strong and weak interactions; mediated by photons
gravitational interaction - a weak interaction between particles that results from their mass; mediated by gravitons
color force, strong force, strong interaction - (physics) the interaction that binds protons and neutrons together in the nuclei of atoms; mediated by gluons
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