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(nontechnical usage) a tiny piece of anything

a function word that can be used in English to form phrasal verbs

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At first, Toby with a degree of fastidiousness that seemed to me ill-timed, was for picking out the minute particles of tobacco with which the spongy mass was mixed; but against this proceeding I protested, as by such an operation we must have greatly diminished its quantity.
There was no cohesion among the particles, and it could not be moulded into snow- balls.
He assured me "that this invention had employed all his thoughts from his youth; that he had emptied the whole vocabulary into his frame, and made the strictest computation of the general proportion there is in books between the numbers of particles, nouns, and verbs, and other parts of speech.
Nor could the young bride any longer deny that a radiance was breaking through the mist, and changing its dim hue to a dusky red, which continually grew more vivid, as if brilliant particles were interfused with the gloom.
When other pilgrims reached the cliff, they found only an opaque stone, with particles of mica glittering on its surface.
Three years ago she had the thrice-blessed idea of opening a sort of pension for the entertainment and instruction of the blundering barbarians who come to Paris in the hope of picking up a few stray particles of the language of Voltaire--or of Zola.
The river had stolen from the higher tracts and brought in particles to the vale all this horizontal land; and now, exhausted, aged, and attenuated, lay serpentining along through the midst of its former spoils.
These artists will take particles of stone or glass no larger than a mustard seed, and piece them together on a sleeve button or a shirt stud, so smoothly and with such nice adjustment of the delicate shades of color the pieces bear, as to form a pigmy rose with stem, thorn, leaves, petals complete, and all as softly and as truthfully tinted as though Nature had builded it herself.
I do not think one could have seen where two particles joined each other with eyes of ordinary shrewdness.
The only motion in the air was that of the dripping, microscopic particles of drizzling mist.
Glittering particles of mica were visible in the earth about it--vestiges of its decomposition.
To him all the particles of matter are living beings which reflect on one another, and in the least of them the whole is contained.
When water is warmed-- that is to say, when heat is added to it--its particles are set in motion.
The mass consisted of rounded, semi-transparent, irregular grains, aggregated together into particles of various sizes.
From the high, swaying seat of his hansom he looks upon his fellow-men as nomadic particles, of no account except when possessed of migratory desires.
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