physicist

noun
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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Currently, many physicists are excited about a more substantial form of black-hole atmosphere, which depends on the existence of undiscovered particles that are very light but not massless. Frank Wilczek, WSJ, "Black Holes May Have ‘Hair’ That We Can See," 3 Jan. 2019 Yet no physicist in the 19th century could explain this seemingly simple process. Tim Folger, Discover Magazine, "How Quantum Mechanics Lets Us See, Smell and Touch," 24 Oct. 2018 The trial of a Michigan State University physicist charged with bestiality took an unusual turn this week when a stuffed animal was brought into a courtroom as a prop. Greg Norman, Fox News, "Attorney uses stuffed animal in case against MSU physicist charged with bestiality," 22 June 2018 Because of these oddities and others, many physicists have been betting on neutrinos to open the door to the next frontier in physics. Clara Moskowitz, Scientific American, "Evidence Builds for a New Kind of Neutrino," 7 June 2018 Now, some physicists are back with a potential answer: a tiny fraction of dark matter has a charge, allowing it to interact with regular matter during the time between the Big Bang and formation of the Cosmic Microwave Background. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Could dark matter atoms explain a recent observation?," 3 June 2018 This was the world’s first battery, built by the Italian physicist Alessandro Volta in the year 1800. Peter Kujawinski, New York Times, "Colliders, Sundials and Wonder: When Science Is Your Destination," 28 May 2018 Many physicists are satisfied with some version of this account. Jerry Adler, Newsweek, "Stephen Hawking, Master of the Universe: Our 1988 Cover Story on the Legendary Physicist," 14 Mar. 2018 Although a variety of evidence confirmed the existence of black holes, physicists in the 1960s were less sure about singularities, questioning whether a real object could be so small as to be dimensionless and nonetheless be infinitely dense. Thomas H. Maugh Ii, latimes.com, "Stephen Hawking, who redefined the view of the universe for scientists and public alike, dies at 76," 14 Mar. 2018

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circa 1840, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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physicist

noun

English Language Learners Definition of physicist

: a scientist who studies or is a specialist in physics

physicist

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

Kids Definition of physicist

: a person specializing in physics

physicist

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

Medical Definition of physicist

: a specialist in physics

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