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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Stephen Hawking Pioneering theoretical physicist and inspiration for the film The Theory of Everything died at age 76 in March. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "In Memoriam: All of the Celebrities, Politicians, and Notable People Who Died in 2018," 13 Dec. 2018 Their claim rests on the idea that all the pilots, astronomers, geologists, physicists, and GPS engineers in the world are intentionally coordinating to mislead the public about the shape of the planet. Liv Boeree, Vox, "How an 18th-century priest gave us the tools to make better decisions," 30 Nov. 2018 Oser, an engineer and physicist by trade, turned toward academia in his later years. Jacob Carpenter, Houston Chronicle, "George Oser, who helped lead HISD integration efforts in 1970s, dies at 81," 16 Mar. 2018 Albert Einstein, the greatest nuclear physicist of the 20th century and an unlikely fashion muse, once averred. Madeline Fass, Vogue, "How to Make Plaid Look Rad This Season," 25 Dec. 2018 Photo: iStock/Getty Images Steven Koonin, a former Obama administration official and physicist, made a similar point last week on these pages. Holman W. Jenkins, WSJ, "Press Is the Enemy of Climate," 4 Dec. 2018 Theoretical physicists, for better or worse, are most certainly not silent on this point. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Physicists report electron is round—what does that mean?," 7 Nov. 2018 The exact explanation has been a historically difficult problem for physicists, even perplexing Nobel Prize winner Richard Feynman. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Solved: The Spaghetti Physics Problem That Stumped Richard Feynman," 16 Aug. 2018 The probe, named after pioneering solar physicist Dr. Eugene Parker, will provide a wealth of invaluable data. James Rogers, Fox News, "NASA's Parker Solar Probe blasts off on epic journey to 'touch the Sun'," 12 Aug. 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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