phys·i·cist | \ˈfi-zə-sist, ˈfiz-sist\

Definition of physicist 

1 : a specialist in physics

2 archaic : a person skilled in natural science

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And just as an influx of European scientists into America in the mid-20th century invigorated progress, so China’s often insular scientific world would be cracked open by an infusion of foreign physicists. The Economist, "Lord of the ringsThe next super-collider should be built in China," 11 Jan. 2018 The team of physicists has developed a liquid made from an emulsion of graphene, water and oil. Emily Matchar, Smithsonian, "This Low-Cost, Graphene Device Could Help Monitor a Baby’s Health," 22 Feb. 2018 John Huth, a Harvard University particle physicist who works on the ATLAS experiment, tells Ryan F. Mandelbaum at Gizmodo. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Researchers Find More Evidence for the Higgs Boson," 10 July 2018 Special relativity also affects many other things physicists measure—for example, the frequency and intensity of light and also the size of an object’s appearance. Scientific American, "Astronomy at the Speed of Light," 3 July 2018 This sounds like the plot to a Christopher Nolan movie or perhaps something that a theoretical physicist could try to explain. Pete Grathoff, kansascity, "These are the 'Turn Ahead The Clock' uniforms the Royals will wear Saturday," 29 June 2018 Of these projects, the one Heirs found most promising for decreasing the risk of prescribed fire was by Rod Linn, a physicist from Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico. Kyle Dickman, Outside Online, "What the West Can Learn from Florida About Forest Fires," 27 June 2018 The Jewish Major League Baseball player was a brilliant polylinguist turned spy following the attack on Pearl Harbor, tasked with assassinating famed Nobel Prize-winning physicist Werner Heisenberg to prevent the creation of a Nazi atomic bomb. Barbara Vandenburgh, azcentral, "In ‘The Catcher Was a Spy,' Paul Rudd is baseball-playing man of secrets," 21 June 2018 That’s what makes Neil’s Bahr — a play off the name of owner Neil Fernandez and theoretical physicist Niels Bohr — such a unique spot. Cary Darling, Houston Chronicle, "Let’s Go, EaDo: What to check out on Houston’s changing east side," 14 June 2018

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First Known Use of physicist

circa 1840, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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 \

Kids Definition of physicist

: a person specializing in physics


phys·i·cist | \ˈfiz-(ə-)səst \

Medical Definition of physicist 

: a specialist in physics

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