Also called atomic theory. Philosophy. the theory that minute, discrete, finite, and indivisible elements are the ultimate constituents of all matter.
Psychology. a method or theory that reduces all psychological phenomena to simple elements.
an ancient philosophical theory, developed by Democritus and expounded by Lucretius, that the ultimate constituents of the universe are atoms See atom (sense 3)
any of a number of theories that hold that some objects or phenomena can be explained as constructed out of a small number of distinct types of simple indivisible entities
any theory that holds that an understanding of the parts is logically prior to an understanding of the whole Compare holism (sense 3)
(psychol) the theory that experiences and mental states are composed of elementary units
to reduce to . to reduce to fine particles or spray. to destroy (a target) by bombing, especially with an . to split into many sections, groups, factions, etc.; fragmentize: Critics say the group has atomized around several leaders. Contemporary Examples Foer argues that our digital lives are giving way to atomization and deep societal […]
an apparatus for reducing liquids to a fine spray, as for medicinal or cosmetic application. Historical Examples Always boil the nozzle and clean out the bottle when the atomizer is to be put away. Scouting For Girls, Official Handbook of the Girl Scouts Girl Scouts Simply spray it on with an atomizer and sweep with […]
a solar deity declared by Amenhotep IV to be the only god, represented as a solar disk with rays ending in human hands. Historical Examples “They have something about like that on Aton,” one of the Mardukan officers said. Space Viking Henry Beam Piper Aton was one of the forms of the Sun, and perhaps […]
to make amends or reparation, as for an offense or a crime, or for an offender (usually followed by for): to atone for one’s sins. to make up, as for errors or deficiencies (usually followed by for): to atone for one’s failings. Obsolete. to become reconciled; agree. to make amends for; expiate: He atoned his […]