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 Morgans struck Hunter from behind around 10:30 a.m. while Hunter, a retired physicist, was cycling on South Coast Highway 101 near Lomas Santa Fe Drive, according to authorities. San Diego Union-Tribune, 3 May 2022 Modern baseball physics arguably began with the efforts of a physicist named Lyman Briggs in the 1940s. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 14 Apr. 2022 The siblings, Bobby and Alicia Western, are tormented by the legacy of their father, a physicist who helped develop the atom bomb, and by their love for and obsession with one another. New York Times, 8 Mar. 2022 They were based on a memorandum known as the Franck Report, from its chief author, James Franck, a German physicist who came to the U.S. when Hitler took power. Tribune News Service, oregonlive, 17 Jan. 2022 Long-duration missions can set further challenges, says Christiane Heinicke, a physicist and engineer who leads the Moon and Mars Base Analog project at University of Bremen in Germany. Jocelyn Yang, The Christian Science Monitor, 5 May 2022 Their father, Donald, a physicist, left their mother, Marian, a teacher, when Stewart was 11. Washington Post, 22 Apr. 2022 Wilson Herrera, a physicist, had begun sleeping in a classroom, like Suárez, the security guard. Stephania Taladrid, The New Yorker, 12 Apr. 2022 The Swedish actor will play Hans Bethe, a German-American nuclear physicist who won the 1967 Nobel Prize in physics and was tasked by Oppenheimer to head up the T (Theoretical) division of the Manhattan Project. Aaron Couch, The Hollywood Reporter, 15 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of physicist

1838, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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21 May 2022

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“Physicist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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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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