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[tomp-suh n, tom-] /ˈtɒmp sən, ˈtɒm-/
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.
[ran-dl] /ˈræn dl/ (Show IPA),
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. Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for Thompson


/ˈtɒmpsən; ˈtɒmsən/
Benjamin, Count Rumford. 1753–1814, Anglo-American physicist, noted for his work on the nature of heat
Daley. born 1958, British athlete: Olympic decathlon champion (1980, 1984)
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)
Flora (Jane). 1876–1947, British writer, author of the autobiographical Lark Rise to Candleford (1945)
Francis. 1859–1907, British poet, best known for the mystical poem The Hound of Heaven (1893)
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Word Origin and History for Thompson

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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Thompson in Science
  (tŏmp'sən, tŏm'-)   
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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Encyclopedia Article for Thompson

city, north-central Manitoba, Canada. It lies along the Burntwood River, in the Mystery-Moak lakes area, 130 miles (210 km) north of Lake Winnipeg. Planned in 1956 by the International Nickel Company of Canada and named for John F. Thompson, the company chairman, the community was completed in 1961. Its integrated nickel mining-smelting-refining plant was the first in the Western Hemisphere. Economically, Thompson is entirely dependent upon nickel extraction from the Thompson and Birchtree mines, which are among the most productive in Canada. The city is served by a branch line of the Canadian National Railway extending from The Pas (243 miles [391 km] southwest) to Churchill (240 miles [390 km] northeast) on Hudson Bay. Thompson has air service to Winnipeg. Inc. 1967. Pop. (1991) 14,977.

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