Talk:gamma-ray

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RFV discussion: November 2013–July 2014[edit]

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gamma-ray

Adjective: of or relating to gamma rays or gamma radiation. I repeat, adjective. Surely this is a noun. Mglovesfun (talk) 18:55, 12 November 2013 (UTC)

[1] shows "gamma-ray bursts", "gamma-ray astronomy", "gamma-ray spectroscopy", and more. It kind of seems like it's just being used attributively, except for the hyphen - it looks to me like it's written without a hyphen normally but with a hyphen when it's being used to modify a noun. Mr. Granger (talk) 21:03, 12 November 2013 (UTC)
Hyphenating the component words of a noun phrase is standard when the noun phrase is used attributively; "'gamma-ray bursts', 'gamma-ray astronomy', [and] 'gamma-ray spectroscopy'" are more correct than "gamma ray bursts", "gamma ray astronomy", and "gamma ray spectroscopy". That doesn't make these noun-phrases-used-attributively true adjectives, however. — I.S.M.E.T.A. 21:30, 12 November 2013 (UTC)
Looks to pass the RFV, though someone should add the cites to the entry; the POS question is a good one, but doesn't affect whether we have the entry. Note that we have quite a few {{form of|attributive form|...}} (or similar) entries; some are =Adjective=s, some =Noun=s (or =Proper Noun=s where the unhyphenated versions are =Proper Noun=s). We should probably decide on one or the other at some point.​—msh210 (talk) 04:25, 13 November 2013 (UTC)
I'm challenging the current definition, not ones we may have in future. Mglovesfun (talk) 10:16, 13 November 2013 (UTC)
Failed: converted to noun section. — Ungoliant (falai) 15:07, 10 July 2014 (UTC)

γ-ray[edit]

Adjective. Mglovesfun (talk) 19:06, 12 November 2013 (UTC)

Failed, leaving only the noun section. — Ungoliant (falai) 15:07, 10 July 2014 (UTC)