david thompson


[tomp-suhn, tom-]
Benjamin, Count Rumford, 1753–1814, English physicist and diplomat, born in the U.S.
David, 1770–1857, Canadian fur trader, surveyor, author, and explorer, born in England.
David, born 1954, U.S. basketball player.
Dorothy, 1894–1961, U.S. journalist.
Francis, 1859–1907, English poet.
J(ames) Walter, 1847–1928, U.S. advertising executive.
Sir John Sparrow David, 1844–94, Canadian statesman: prime minister 1892–94.
Randall [ran-dl] , 1899–1984, U.S. composer and teacher.
Sylvia, 1902–68, English novelist, born in Scotland.
a city in N central Manitoba, in central Canada: nickel mining.
a town in NE Connecticut.
a river with two branches, (North Thompson) and (South Thompson) that join in S British Columbia, Canada, flowing W and SW to the Fraser River: 304 miles (489 km) long.
a river in S Iowa and N Missouri, flowing SE and S to the Grand River. 175 miles (282 km) long.
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Thompson (ˈtɒmpsən, ˈtɒmsən)
1.  Benjamin, Count Rumford. 1753--1814, Anglo-American physicist, noted for his work on the nature of heat
2.  Daley. born 1958, British athlete: Olympic decathlon champion (1980, 1984)
3.  Emma. born 1959, British actress: her films include Howards End (1991), Sense and Sensibility (1996; also wrote screenplay), Primary Colors (1998), and Love Actually (2003)
4.  Flora (Jane). 1876--1947, British writer, author of the autobiographical Lark Rise to Candleford (1945)
5.  Francis. 1859--1907, British poet, best known for the mystical poem The Hound of Heaven (1893)

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Word Origin & History

type of sub-machine gun, 1919, named for U.S. Gen. John T. Thompson (1860-1940), who conceived it and whose company financed it.
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Science Dictionary
Thompson   (tŏmp'sən, tŏm'-)  Pronunciation Key 
American-born British physicist who conducted numerous experiments on heat and friction, which led him to discover that heat is produced by moving particles.
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david thompson

English explorer, geographer, and fur trader in the western parts of what are now Canada and the United States. He was the first white man to explore the Columbia River from source to mouth. His maps of western North America served as a basis for all subsequent ones.

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