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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The British theoretical physicist died at the age of 76. Doug Criss, CNN, "5 things for March 14: Student walkout, Pennsylvania race, Trump, Stephen Hawking," 14 Mar. 2018 Krauss, a theoretical physicist known internationally for his work, has denied the story's allegations. Anne Ryman, azcentral, "ASU Professor Lawrence Krauss put on leave amid allegations of sexual misconduct," 6 Mar. 2018 In 2014, Hawking’s life was adapted into the film The Theory of Everything starring Eddie Redmayne, who played the physicist, and Felicity Jones, who played his ex-wife Jane. Alexia Fernandez,, "Professor Stephen Hawking, Renowned Physicist, Dies Aged 76," 14 Mar. 2018 But IceCube’s principal investigator, Francis Halzen, a physicist at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, points out there is more to the science of this matter than statistics. Mark Bowen, Scientific American, "Neutrinos on Ice: Astronomers' Long Hunt for Source of Extragalactic "Ghost Particles" Pays Off," 12 July 2018 Byrne, a physicist at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich, had previously studied turbulent energy transfer in lab experiments. Joshua Sokol, WIRED, "Flattened Fluids Help Scientists Understand Oceans and Atmospheres," 7 July 2018 After retiring from a career as a research physicist at Bell Labs, Nelson used his years of scientific training to explore the alternate theory that there was more than one woman in the car that night. Kathy Shiels Tully,, "Jimmy Tingle appears in Winthrop to help fight substance abuse," 13 Apr. 2018 The previous record, dating to 1980, was 16 hours through the end of April in 2011, according to Robert Rohde, a physicist at Berkeley Earth, a nonprofit that conducts temperature analysis. Anna Beahm,, "1 shot multiple times in Athens, juvenile in custody," 26 Feb. 2018 Advancing the work of U.S. physicist Robert Goddard, especially his research into liquid rocket fuel, von Braun and the German rocket group in Kummersdorf, Germany (and eventually in Peenemünde), created the Aggregat family of rockets. Alex Hollings, Popular Mechanics, "The Saturn V Story: From Nazi Roots to America's Moon Rocket," 6 Feb. 2019

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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 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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