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physicist

[fiz-uh-sist] /ˈfɪz ə sɪst/
noun
1.
a scientist who specializes in physics.
Origin
1710-1720
1710-20; physic(s) + -ist
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  • On this conformity depends, moreover, the intellectual fascination which chains the physicist to his subjects.
  • Hunt is a physicist, engineer, and inventor who has launched several companies.
  • His eyes are drinking light, focusing on some blank sheet of inner space, the kind a physicist might look at.
  • My grandfather was a nuclear physicist and was always a gadget guy.
  • There is a condensed-matter physicist, a producer of a public radio show, a cellist-even a silversmith.
  • The reactors are totally out of control, as any physicist should know.
  • Out with the defense-industry exec, and in with the physicist-turned-logistics-geek.
  • Ask a quantum physicist to explain why quantum interactions are probabilistic and you'll get a blank stare.
  • On the one hand, an injunction would threaten the career of almost any particle physicist who gave evidence.
  • Sooner or later you run into every physicist you know from every country.
British Dictionary definitions for physicist

physicist

/ˈfɪzɪsɪst/
noun
1.
a person versed in or studying physics
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Word Origin and History for physicist
n.

1836, from physics + -ist. Coined by the Rev. William Whewell (1794-1866), English polymath, to denote a "cultivator of physics" as opposed to a physician.

As we cannot use physician for a cultivator of physics, I have called him a physicist. We need very much a name to describe a cultivator of science in general. I should incline to call him a Scientist. Thus we might say, that as an Artist is a Musician, Painter, or Poet, a Scientist is a Mathematician, Physicist, or Naturalist. [William Whewell, "The Philosophy of the Inductive Sciences," London, 1840]

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