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a male given name, form of Thomas.
verb (used without object), Tommed, Tomming.
(often lowercase) to act like an Uncle Tom.


Also, TOM.


Abigail (Smith) 1744–1818, U.S. social and political figure (wife of John Adams).
Alice, 1926–1999, U.S. writer.
Ansel, 1902–84, U.S. photographer.
Brooks, 1848–1927, U.S. historian and political scientist (son of Charles Francis Adams and brother of Henry Brooks Adams).
Charles Francis, 1807–86, U.S. statesman: minister to Great Britain 1861–68 (son of John Quincy Adams).
Franklin P(ierce) ("F.P.A") 1881–1960, U.S. author and columnist.
Henry (Brooks) 1838–1918, U.S. historian, writer, and teacher (son of Charles Francis Adams).
James Truslow [truhs-loh] , 1878–1949, U.S. historian.
John, 1735–1826, 2nd president of the U.S. 1797–1801: a leader in the american revolution.
John Michael Geoffrey Manningham [man-ing-uhm] , ("Tom") 1931–85, Barbadian political leader: prime minister 1976–85.
John Quincy [kwin-zee, -see] , 1767–1848, 6th president of the U.S. 1825–29; secretary of state 1817–25 (son of John Adams).
Léonie Fuller [ley-oh-nee] , 1899–1988, U.S. poet.
Maude (Maude Kiskadden) 1872–1953, U.S. actress.
Roger, 1889–1971, U.S. chemist.
Samuel, 1722–1803, American statesman: a leader in the American revolution.
Samuel Hopkins, 1874–1958, U.S. journalist and novelist.
Walter Sydney, 1876–1956, U.S. astronomer.
a mountain in SW Washington, in the Cascade Range. 12,307 feet (3751 meters).
a mountain in N New Hampshire, in the White Mountains. 5798 feet (1767 meters).
a city in W Massachusetts.


Bill (William Warren) born 1943, U.S. basketball player and politician: senator from New Jersey 1979–97.
Francis Herbert, 1846–1924, English philosopher.
Henry, 1845–1923, English lexicographer and philologist.
Omar Nelson, 1893–1981, U.S. general: Chief of Staff 1948–49; chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff 1949–53.
Thomas ("Tom") 1917–1998, U.S. politician: mayor of Los Angeles 1973–93.
a town in NE Illinois.
a male given name.


Alvan, 1804–87, and his son Alvan Graham, 1832–97, U.S. astronomers and telescope-lens manufacturers.
Champ [champ] , (James Beauchamp) 1850–1921, U.S. political leader: Speaker of the House 1911–19.
(Charles) Joseph ("Joe") born 1939, Canadian political leader: prime minister 1979–80.
George Rogers, 1752–1818, U.S. soldier.
John Bates [beyts] , 1847–1938, U.S. economist and educator.
Kenneth B(ancroft) 1914–2005, U.S. psychologist and educator, born in the panama canal Zone.
Sir Kenneth McKenzie, Baron Clark of Saltwood [sawlt-wood] , 1903–83, English art historian.
Mark Wayne, 1896–1984, U.S. general.
Thomas Campbell ("Tom") 1899–1977, associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court 1949–67.
Walter Van Tilburg [van til-berg] , 1909–71, U.S. author.
William, 1770–1838, U.S. soldier and explorer (brother of George R. Clark): on expedition with Meriwether Lewis 1804–06.
a male given name: a surname, ultimately derived from clerk.


Thomas Wade ("Tom") 1924–2000, U.S. football player and coach.


Thomas Edwin ("Tom") 1880–1940, U.S. film actor in westerns.


(George) Thomas ("Tom"; "Tom Terrific") born 1944, U.S. baseball pitcher.


James Dewey, born 1928, U.S. biologist: Nobel Prize in medicine 1962.
John ("Ian Maclaren") 1850–1907, Scottish clergyman and novelist.
John Broadus [braw-duhs] , 1878–1958, U.S. psychologist.
John Christian, 1867–1941, Australian statesman, born in Chile: prime minister 1904.
Thomas Augustus, 1854–1934, U.S. electrical experimenter, associated with Alexander Graham Bell.
Thomas John, 1874–1956, U.S. industrialist.
Thomas Sturges [stur-jis] , ("Tom") born 1949, U.S. golfer.
Sir William, 1858–1935, English poet.
a male given name.
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Adams1 (ˈædəmz)
a mountain in SW Washington, in the Cascade Range. Height: 3751 m (12 307 ft)

Adams2 (ˈædəmz)
1.  Gerry, full name Gerrard Adams. born 1948, Northern Ireland politician; president of Sinn Féin from 1983: negotiated the Irish Republican Army ceasefires in 1994--96 and 1997
2.  Henry (Brooks). 1838--1918, US historian and writer. His works include Mont Saint Michel et Chartres (1913) and his autobiography The Education of Henry Adams (1918)
3.  John. 1735--1826, second president of the US (1797--1801); US ambassador to Great Britain (1785--88); helped draft the Declaration of Independence (1776)
4.  John Coolidge. born 1947, US composer; works include the operas Nixon in China (1987) and The Death of Klinghoffer (1991)
5.  John Couch. 1819--92, British astronomer who deduced the existence and position of the planet Neptune
6.  John Quincey. son of John Adams. 1767--1848, sixth president of the US (1825--29); secretary of state (1817--25)
7.  Richard. born 1920, British author; his novels include Watership Down (1972), The Plague Dogs (1977), and Traveller (1988)
8.  Samuel. 1722--1803, US revolutionary leader; one of the organizers of the Boston Tea Party; a signatory of the Declaration of Independence

Bradley (ˈbrædlɪ)
1.  A(ndrew) C(ecil). 1851--1935, English critic; author of Shakespearian Tragedy (1904)
2.  F(rancis) H(erbert). 1846--1924, English idealist philosopher and metaphysical thinker; author of Ethical Studies (1876), Principles of Logic (1883), and Appearance and Reality (1893)
3.  Henry. 1845--1923, English lexicographer; one of the editors of the Oxford English Dictionary
4.  James. 1693--1762, English astronomer, who discovered the aberration of light and the nutation of the earth's axis

Clark (klɑːk)
1.  Helen. born 1950, New Zealand politician; Labour prime minister (1999--2008)
2.  James, known as Jim. 1936--68, Scottish racing driver; World Champion (1963, 1965)
3.  Kenneth, Baron Clark of Saltwood. 1903--83, English art historian: his books include Civilization (1969), which he first presented as a television series
4.  William. 1770--1838, US explorer and frontiersman: best known for his expedition to the Pacific Northwest (1804--06) with Meriwether Lewis

mix (mɪks)
vb (often foll by with)
1.  (tr) to combine or blend (ingredients, liquids, objects, etc) together into one mass
2.  (intr) to become or have the capacity to become combined, joined, etc: some chemicals do not mix
3.  (tr) to form (something) by combining two or more constituents: to mix cement
4.  (tr; often foll by in or into) to add as an additional part or element (to a mass or compound): to mix flour into a batter
5.  (tr) to do at the same time; combine: to mix study and pleasure
6.  (tr) to consume (drinks or foods) in close succession
7.  to come or cause to come into association socially: Pauline has never mixed well
8.  to go together; complement
9.  (tr) to crossbreed (differing strains of plants or breeds of livestock), esp more or less at random
10.  (tr) electronics to combine (two or more signals)
11.  music
 a.  (in sound recording) to balance and adjust (the recorded tracks) on a multitrack tape machine
 b.  (in live performance) to balance and adjust (the output levels from microphones and pick-ups)
12.  (tr) to merge (two lengths of film) so that the effect is imperceptible
13.  informal mix it
 a.  to cause mischief or trouble, often for a person named: she tried to mix it for John
 b.  to fight
14.  the act or an instance of mixing
15.  the result of mixing; mixture
16.  a mixture of ingredients, esp one commercially prepared for making a cake, bread, etc
17.  music the sound obtained by mixing
18.  building trades, civil engineering the proportions of cement, sand, and aggregate in mortar, plaster, or concrete
19.  informal a state of confusion, bewilderment
[C15: back formation from mixt mixed, via Old French from Latin mixtus, from miscēre to mix]

tom1 (tɒm)
a.  the male of various animals, esp the cat
 b.  (as modifier): a tom turkey
 c.  (in combination): a tomcat
[C16: special use of the shortened form of Thomas, applied to any male, often implying a common or ordinary type of person, etc]

tom2 (tɒm)
(Austral), (NZ) a temporary supporting post
[from a specialized use of tom1]

Watson (ˈwɒtsən)
1.  James Dewey. born 1928, US biologist, whose contribution to the discovery of the helical structure of DNA won him a Nobel prize for Physiology or Medicine shared with Francis Crick and Maurice Wilkins in 1962
2.  John B(roadus). 1878--1958, US psychologist; a leading exponent of behaviourism
3.  John Christian. 1867--1941, Australian statesman, born in Chile: prime minister of Australia (1904)
4.  Russell. born 1973, British tenor, maker of the bestselling albums The Voice (2001) and Encore (2002)
5.  Tom, full name Thomas Sturges Watson. born 1949, US golfer: won the US Open Championship (1982), the British Open Championship (1975, 1977, 1980, 1982, 1983), and the World Series (1975, 1977, 1980)

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Word Origin & History

familiar shortening of masc. proper name Thomas, used by late 14c. as a type of a nickname for a common man. Applied 17c. as a nickname for several exceptionally large bells. Short for Uncle Tom in the sense of "black man regarded as too servile to whites" is recorded from
1959. Tom Walker, U.S. Southern colloquial for "the devil" is recorded from 1833. Tom and Jerry is first attested 1828 in many extended senses, originally the names of the two chief characters (Corinthian Tom and Jerry Hawthorn) in Pierce Egan's "Life in London" (1821); the U.S. cat and mouse cartoon characters debuted 1940 in "Puss Gets the Boot." Tom Thumb (1570s) was a miniature man in popular tradition before P.T. Barnum took the name for a dwarf he exhibited.

1530s, back-formation from M.E. myxte (late 15c.), from Anglo-Fr. mixte, from L. mixtus, pp. of miscere "to mix," from PIE *meik- "to mix" (cf. Skt. misrah "mixed," Gk. misgein "to mix, mingle," O.C.S. meso, mesiti "to mix," Rus. meshat, Lith. maisau "to mix, mingle," Welsh mysgu). Also borrowed in O.E.
as miscian. The noun is attested from 1580s. Mixed marriage is from 1698 (originally in a religious context; racial sense was in use by 1942 in U.S., though mixed breed in ref. to mulattoes is found by 1775). Mixed bag "heterogeneous collection" is from 1936. Mixed up "confused" is from 1862; mix-up "confusion" first recorded 1898.

common surname, from L. clericus, O.Fr. clerc "clerk," also "cleric." In many early cases it is used of men who had taken minor orders.
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Watson Wat·son (wŏt'sən), James Dewey. Born 1928.

American biologist who with Francis Crick proposed a spiral model, the double helix, for the molecular structure of DNA. He shared a 1962 Nobel Prize for advances in the study of genetics.

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Adams   (ād'əmz)  Pronunciation Key 
American astronomer who demonstrated that the essential brightness of a star could be calculated by studying its spectrum and who introduced a method for measuring the distance of stars based on their brightness. In 1915 he discovered Sirius B, the first known white dwarf star, and his measurement of the gravitational red shift in the light leaving its surface was accepted as evidence for Albert Einstein's general theory of relativity.
Watson   (wŏt'sən)  Pronunciation Key 
American biologist who, working with Francis Crick, identified the structure of DNA in 1953. By analyzing the patterns cast by x-rays striking DNA molecules, they discovered that DNA has the structure of a double helix, two spirals linked together by bases in ladderlike rungs. For this work Watson and Crick shared with Maurice Wilkins the 1962 Nobel Prize for physiology or medicine.
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see every tom, dick, and harry; peeping tom.

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Example sentences for Tom
Tom grows into a vigorous and lusty, yet honest and kindhearted, youth.
On the way, tom is sneaking peeps at her uncovered breasts at which he has
  gazed earlier.
Tom and partridge come across a lame fellow in rags to whom tom gives a
After she quits the masquerade to return home, forbidding tom to follow her.
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