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a person who lacks confidence, is irresolute and wishy-washy

a hypothetical subatomic particle of large mass that interacts weakly with ordinary matter through gravitation

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Physicists refer to these particles as WIMPS, for weakly interacting massive particles.
So, in theory, any gamma ray bursts coming from colliding dark matter particles -- the Weakly Interacting Massive particles (WIMPs) -- should be clearly visible.
That would put the particle on the lightweight end of what's expected for weakly interacting massive particles (WIMPs), the current favorite for the universe's primary-yet-invisible matter constituent (January issue, page 26).
Hence their name: weakly interacting massive particles, or WIMPS (an acronym that predated, and inspired, MACHOS).
If dark matter consists of weakly interacting massive particles such as predicted by the theory of supersymmetry," he says, "they should be detected within 10 years or so" (see "A Particle Physicist's Perspective on Dark Matter," page 35).
GLAST will also search for signs of another group of supersymmetric particles known as weakly interacting massive particles, or WIMPS, that have also been proposed as dark matter candidates.