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 Professor Brancazio became a go-to physicist in the news media when sports met science. Richard Sandomir, New York Times, "Peter Brancazio, Who Explored the Physics of Sports, Dies at 81," 16 May 2020 One colleague, physicist David Welch, is calibrating exposure from the lamps. Michael Laris, Anchorage Daily News, "Scientists think they know ways to combat viruses on airplanes. They’re too late for this pandemic.," 2 May 2020 In the 16th district Democratic party primary to take on freshman Republican Rep. Anthony Gonzalez of Rocky River, Westlake physicist Aaron Godfrey had 67 percent, with 33 percent for Parma Heights electronic security technician Ronald Karpus III. Sabrina Eaton, cleveland, "Christina Hagan on track to challenge Rep. Tim Ryan: See who won Ohio’s congressional primaries," 29 Apr. 2020 These words have been attributed to the creative genius and physicist Albert Einstein. Marie Kondo, Marie Claire, "Marie Kondo on How to Spark Joy in Your Career," 6 Apr. 2020 Just a few years later, more than 18,000 high-energy physicists were holding 3,200 meetings per month on the service. Michael J. Coren, Quartz, "High-energy particle physicists figured out video conferencing a long time ago," 3 Apr. 2020 In the 1990s, Italian physicist Cesare Marchetti showed that our commuting patterns aren’t necessarily determined by distance, but by time. Robert Bryce, Time, "How Electric Elevators Transformed the Modern City," 10 Mar. 2020 The American Physical Society called off its March meeting days before the 10,000-person conference of physicists was set to start in Denver. Catherine E. Shoichet, CNN, "On campuses across the US, the impact of coronavirus could be particularly acute," 7 Mar. 2020 The Draupner wave spurred physicists to understand exactly how these solitary behemoths might arise. Quanta Magazine, "The Grand Unified Theory of Rogue Waves," 5 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of physicist

circa 1840, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of physicist was circa 1840

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“Physicist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2020.

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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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