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[lawr-uh ns, lor-] /ˈlɔr əns, ˈlɒr-/
D(avid) H(erbert) 1885–1930, English novelist.
Ernest O(rlando) 1901–58, U.S. physicist: inventor of the cyclotron; Nobel Prize 1939.
Gertrude, 1901?–52, English actress.
Jacob, 1917–2000, U.S. painter and educator.
James, 1781–1813, U.S. naval officer in the War of 1812.
Saint. Also, Lorenzo. Latin Laurentius, died a.d. 258? early church martyr.
Sir Thomas, 1769–1830, English painter.
T(homas) E(dward) (T. E. Shaw"Lawrence of Arabia") 1888–1935, English archaeologist, adventurer, soldier, and writer.
a city in NE Massachusetts, on the Merrimack River.
a city in E Kansas, on the Kansas River.
a town in central Indiana.
a male given name: from a Latin word meaning “a man of Laurentum.”. Unabridged
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  • But the old dame had been wholly frank in forming Miss Lawrence.

    An Ambitious Man Ella Wheeler Wilcox
  • Lawrence gave the date as 1735; and Keightley suggested the spring of that year.

  • Such misadventure occurred to Mr. Lawrence Trevenna—not less cautious than daring, as he had previously proved himself to be.

    Nevermore Rolf Boldrewood
  • Inclining to dusk as it was, I knew him at a glance: it was Mr. Lawrence on his grey pony.

  • "Lawrence, kiss our little boy," she said, putting the little bundle in his arms.

British Dictionary definitions for Lawrence


Saint. died 258 ad, Roman martyr: according to tradition he was roasted to death on a gridiron. Feast day: Aug 10
D(avid) H(erbert). 1885–1930, British novelist, poet, and short-story writer. Many of his works deal with the destructiveness of modern industrial society, contrasted with the beauty of nature and instinct, esp the sexual impulse. His novels include Sons and Lovers (1913), The Rainbow (1915), Women in Love (1920), and Lady Chatterley's Lover (1928)
Ernest Orlando. 1901–58, US physicist, who invented the cyclotron (1931): Nobel prize for physics 1939
Gertrude. 1898–1952, British actress, noted esp for her roles in comedies such as Noël Coward's Private Lives (1930)
Sir Thomas. 1769–1830, British portrait painter
T(homas) E(dward), known as Lawrence of Arabia. 1888–1935, British soldier and writer. He took a major part in the Arab revolt against the Turks (1916–18), proving himself an outstanding guerrilla leader. He described his experiences in The Seven Pillars of Wisdom (1926)
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Word Origin and History for Lawrence

see Laurence.

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Lawrence in Science
American physicist who in 1929 built the first cyclotron, which he used to study the structure of the atom, transmute elements, and produce artificial radiation. His work laid the foundation for the development of the atomic bomb.
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