One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Not involving atoms; not composed of atoms, structurally continuous.
2Logic. Of a proposition: containing a logical constant.
3Mathematics and Computing. Not simple but compound; composed conceptually of smaller units; (specifically in measure theory) designating a metric space, or a measure defined on such a space, in which every measurable set having non-zero measure contains a measurable subset having a smaller non-zero measure.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Andrew Ure (1778–1857), chemist. From non- + atomic.
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