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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun At"om
  1. [Physics]
    1. An ultimate indivisible particle of matter.
    2. An ultimate particle of matter not necessarily indivisible; a molecule.
    3. A constituent particle of matter, or a molecule supposed to be made up of subordinate particles.
  2. [Chem] The smallest particle of matter that can enter into combination; one of the elementary constituents of a molecule.
  3. Anything extremely small; a particle; a whit."There was not an atom of water." [Sir J. Ross.]

Note: ☞ These three definitions correspond to different views of the nature of the ultimate particles of matter. In the case of the last two, the particles are more correctly called molecules.

Etymology: L. atomus, Gr. �, uncut, indivisible; 'a priv. + �, verbal adj. of � to cut: cf. F. atome. See Tome

verb At"om
To reduce to atoms.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. (nontechnical usage) a tiny piece of anything
  2. (physics and chemistry) the smallest component of an element having the chemical properties of the element

Notable Persons Named Atom

Atom Egoyan is a film director, theatre director, screenwriter, film producer, actor, stage director, and producer&actor. He was most active from 1984 to 1984. Atom was given the name Atom Yeghoyan on July 19th, 1960 in Cairo, United Arab Republic.


Atom Willard is an alternative rock and punk rock drummer. He plays Drum kit. His most notable accomplishments were from 1990 to 1990. Atom was given the name Adam David Willard on August 15th, 1973 in San Diego.


Atom is a comics character.


Atom was given the name Alfonso Tomas Pagaduan Araullo on October 19th, 1982 in Quezon City.


Atom Eve is a comics character.


Atom and His Package is a musician. He plays Guitar, Music sequencer, and Vocals. His most notable accomplishments were from 1997 to 2011. Atom was given the name Adam Goren on January 14th, 1975.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Atom

Atom is a comics character.



Mohamed Said Atom is an islamist, faction leader, arms-smuggler, islamism, and arms trafficking. Mohamed was born in 1966 in Galgala.



Charlie Atom is an electro house, house music, pop music, progressive house, and experimental music disc jockey and record producer. He plays Laptop, Phonograph, Synthesizer, Piano, Guitar, Bass guitar, Drum kit, and Human voice. He was most active from 2010 to present.


Habib Atom is an athlete for the Toumaï FC.


How popular is the baby name Atom in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1970 6 0 6
1975 5 0 5
1976 7 0 7
1977 5 0 5
1979 6 0 6
1982 10 0 10
1983 5 0 5
1985 10 0 10
1988 5 0 5
1989 12 0 12
1991 5 0 5
1992 5 0 5
1994 5 0 5
1995 6 0 6
1996 13 0 13
1997 8 0 8
1998 5 0 5
1999 10 0 10
2000 11 0 11
2001 13 0 13
2002 9 0 9
2003 9 0 9
2004 15 0 15
2005 11 0 11
2006 19 0 19
2007 18 0 18
2008 28 0 28
2009 32 0 32
2010 30 0 30
2011 34 0 34
2012 52 0 52
2013 58 0 58
2014 49 0 49
2015 49 0 49
2016 57 0 57
2017 68 0 68

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Popularity of Atom as a first name

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Fun Facts about the name Atom

  • How Popular is the name Atom? Atom is the 13,335th most popular name of all time.
  • How many people with the first name Atom have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 690 babies born with the first name Atom in the United States. That's more than enough people named Atom to occupy the territory of Cocos (Keeling) Islands (Australia) with an estimated population of 605 (as of June 30, 2010).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Atom? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1970 when it was given as a first name to 6 new born babies.
  • When was Atom first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Atom is Thursday, August 22nd, 1935.
  • What year had the most people named Atom born? The highest recorded use of the first name Atom was in 2017 with a total of 68 babies.
  • Random Atom Factoid: According to the 2016 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Atom is not a popular baby boy's name in Texas. Imagine that, only 8 babies in Texas have the same name as you in 2016.
  • Weird things about the name Atom: Your name in reverse order is Mota. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Otma. How do you pronounce that?

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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