phys·​i·​cist | \ ˈfi-zə-sist How to pronounce physicist (audio) , ˈfiz-sist \

Definition of physicist

1 : a specialist in physics
2 archaic : a person skilled in natural science

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Recent Examples on the Web So a bunch of physicists who claimed to have found a fundamental law of memory recall was catnip to me. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Why can’t I remember? Model may show how recall can fail," 24 Jan. 2020 This question is an expression of what is called the Fermi paradox (named after Enrico Fermi (1901 to 1954), one of the leading physicists of the 20th century). James Trefil And Michael Summers, Smithsonian Magazine, "If Aliens Exist Elsewhere in the Universe, How Would They Behave?," 31 Dec. 2019 Now, a team of physicists may have figured out a crucial component of the recipe that cooked the planets up from scratch—by shaking a ton of very tiny glass beads and shooting them skyward. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "Super-Strong Electric Forces May Have Helped Tiny Clumps of Dust Seed the Planets," 12 Dec. 2019 With this goal in mind, a small army of physicists began to build ultra-sensitive dark matter detectors, deploying them in deep underground laboratories where they would be protected from the most distracting kinds of cosmic radiation. Dan Hooper, Time, "Will We Ever Find Dark Matter in the Universe?," 6 Dec. 2019 In 2014, Google hired a team of physicists who had spent the previous several years working on quantum computing at the University of California Santa Barbara., "Like much of the cutting-edge work being done in corporate research labs, Google’s quantum effort has its roots in academia. In 2014, Google hired a team of physicists who had spent the previous several years working on quantum computing at the University of California Santa Barbara.," 24 Oct. 2019 In 2014, Google hired a team of physicists who had spent the previous several years working on quantum computing at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Cade Metz, New York Times, "Google Claims a Quantum Breakthrough That Could Change Computing," 23 Oct. 2019 Chicago-area artist Martyl Langsdorf, who married a nuclear physicist who worked on the Manhattan Project, designed the original image for the first cover of the Bulletin. Tribune News Service, oregonlive, "Doomsday Clock clicks closer to perilous hour; world affairs ‘profoundly unstable’," 24 Jan. 2020 Years ago, physicists noticed that gas bubbles in a sufficiently narrow tube filled with liquid did not move. Fox News, "Student solves a decades-old physics mystery," 10 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of physicist

circa 1840, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of physicist was circa 1840

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“Physicist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of physicist

: a scientist who studies or is a specialist in physics


phys·​i·​cist | \ ˈfi-zə-səst How to pronounce physicist (audio) \

Kids Definition of physicist

: a person specializing in physics


phys·​i·​cist | \ ˈfiz-(ə-)səst How to pronounce physicist (audio) \

Medical Definition of physicist

: a specialist in physics

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