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

Examples of physicist in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Soon after special relativity, French physicist Louis de Broglie proposed another revolutionary theory. Meg Neal, Popular Mechanics, "The Eternal Quest for Aether, the Cosmic Stuff That Never Was," 10 Feb. 2021 Wells was a novelist, not a physicist, but physics would soon catch up. Matthew Pillsbury, Travel, "Time travel for travelers? It’s tricky.," 28 Dec. 2020 Keynote speakers at the annual Celebration event have included astronauts Buzz Aldrin and Dr. Bernard Harris Jr. and quantum physicist Dr. Michio Kaku, who co-authored the first academic papers about string field theory. Anchorage Daily News, "Meet the Alaska students who are earning bachelor’s degrees - as teenagers," 24 Dec. 2020 Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, a veteran physicist who played a major role in Iran’s nuclear research and defense activities, was killed in a bombing and shooting ambush outside Tehran on Friday. Arsalan Shahla,, "Iran Says It Won’t Fall in Trap of Scuttling Any U.S. Talks," 29 Nov. 2020 That position is held by James Olthoff, a Ph.D. physicist who joined NIST in 1987. Jeffrey Mervis, Science | AAAS, "In blistering letter, Democrats demand answers on controversial appointee to U.S. standards agency," 18 Nov. 2020 Han tells the story of the Cheng family, who emigrated to Texas so that Patty, a gifted physicist, could take a coveted job in microchip technology. Dallas News, "Danger lurks everywhere in ‘Nights When Nothing Happened’ — even in Plano," 12 Nov. 2020 TWO CENTURIES ago Hans Christian Oersted, a Danish physicist, demonstrated that the motion of an electric charge produces magnetism. The Economist, "Manipulating magnetism Can you generate a magnetic field remotely?," 7 Nov. 2020 The result to be announced this spring won’t reach that goal, says Lee Roberts, a g-2 physicist at Boston University. Adrian Cho, Science | AAAS, "The cloak-and-dagger tale behind this year’s most anticipated result in particle physics," 27 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of physicist

1838, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Physicist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Mar. 2021.

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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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