inelastic collision

inelastic collision
noun
physics : a collision in which part of the kinetic energy of the colliding particles changes into another kind of energy (as radiation)

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Mech.
a collision in which the total kinetic energy of the colliding bodies or particles is not the same after the collision as it was before (opposed to elastic collision).

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inelastic collision
1. A collision in which momentum, but not kinetic energy, is conserved (physics)
2. A collision in which there is a change in the total energies of the particles involved, the resultant scattering being termed inelastic scattering (nuclear industry)
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Main Entry:collide
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inelastic collision or inelastic scattering see under ↑collide
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Main Entry:inelastic

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inelastic collision,
Physics. a collision between two particles in which part of their kinetic energy is transformed to another form of energy: »

Inelastic collisions are constantly boosting the electrons to the higher energy states appropriate to the temperature (Scientific American).


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