Definition of


  1. (noun, communication) the 3rd letter of the Greek alphabet
  2. (noun, person) Portuguese navigator who led an expedition around the Cape of Good Hope in 1497; he sighted and named Natal on Christmas Day before crossing the Indian Ocean (1469-1524)
  3. (noun, quantity) a unit of magnetic field strength equal to one-hundred-thousandth of an oersted

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Synonyms of Gamma

da gamma, vasco da gamma

Origin of the word Gamma

  1. "third letter of the Greek alphabet," c.1400, from Gk. gamma, from Phoenician gimel, lit. "camel." Gamma rays (1903) were originally thought to be a third type of radiation, now known to be identical with very short X-rays. more

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