gamma


gamma
/gam"euh/, n.
1. the third letter of the Greek alphabet.
2. the consonant sound represented by this letter.
3. the third in a series of items.
4. (cap.) Astron. a star that is usually the third brightest of a constellation: The third brightest star in the Southern Cross is Gamma Crucis.
5. a unit of weight equal to one microgram.
6. Physics. a unit of magnetic field strength, equal to 10-5 gauss.
7. Photog. a measure of the degree of development of a negative or print.
8. Television. an analogous numerical indication of the degree of contrast between light and dark in the reproduction of an image in television.
9. Chiefly Brit. a grade showing that an individual student is in the third, or lowest, of three scholastic sections in a class. Cf. alpha (def. 7), beta (def. 8).
[ < Gk gámma]

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(as used in expressions)
gamma ray astronomy

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