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Meaning of cloud chamber

cloud' cham"ber

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— Physics. Physics.
  1. an apparatus for determining the movements of charged particles, consisting of a chamber containing a supersaturated mixture of gas and vapor, the vapor condensing around ions created by the particle in its passing, thereby revealing the path of the particle. Also calledCf. bubble chamber.
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