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WIMP

1. Computing windows, icons, menus (or mice), pointers: denoting a type of user-friendly screen display used on small computers
2. Physics weakly interacting massive particle

WIMP

Abbrev. for weakly interacting massive particle. A hypothetical elementary particle that is a candidate for dark matter. It is a stable neutral particle, somewhat heavier than the neutron, that interacts only weakly with ordinary matter. Theory indicates that sufficient WIMPS could have formed in the early Universe to account for the high proportion of dark matter.

WIMP

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WIMP

(operating system)
Windows, Icons, Menus and Pointers (or maybe Windows, Icons, Mouse, Pull-down menus).

The style of graphical user interface invented at Xerox PARC, popularised by the Apple Macintosh and now available in other varieties such as the X Window System, OSF/Motif, NeWS, RISC OS and Microsoft Windows.

See menuitis, user-obsequious, window system.
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It's a way of keeping speculation about dark matter from falling entirely into the hands of particle physicists, who have proposed an array of strange candidates, from weakly interacting massive particles to cosmic strings (SN: 3/4/89, p.
A candidate for the dark matter that is receiving a good dealof attention now among physicists is the class of hypotehtical subatomic particles called WIMPs, or weakly interacting massive particles.
Then, in the May 15 NATURE, Frohlich read of the WIMP model, which proposes that weakly interacting massive particles (WIMPs), whose more detailed characteristics are yet unknown, inhabit the center of the sun and strongly affect energy transport there (SN: 5/24/86, p.