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Any of a subset of bosons that are elementary particles and mediate one of the four fundamental forces of nature. The gauge bosons include the graviton, photon, gluons, and intermediate vector bosons.
(Nuclear Physics) physics a boson that mediates the interaction between elementary particles. There are several types: photons for electromagnetic interactions, W and Z intermediate vector bosons for weak interactions, and gravitons for gravitational interactions
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|Noun||1.||gauge boson - a particle that mediates the interaction of two elementary particles|
boson - any particle that obeys Bose-Einstein statistics but not the Pauli exclusion principle; all nuclei with an even mass number are bosons
gluon - a gauge boson that mediates strong interaction among quarks
graviton - a gauge boson that mediates the (extremely weak) gravitational interactions between particles
intermediate vector boson - a gauge boson that mediates weak interactions between particles
photon - a quantum of electromagnetic radiation; an elementary particle that is its own antiparticle