Definition of Compton

1. Noun. United States physicist noted for research on x-rays and gamma rays and nuclear energy; his observation that X-rays behave like miniature bowling balls in their interactions with electrons provided evidence for the quantal nature of light (1892-1962).

Exact synonyms: Arthur Compton, Arthur Holly Compton
Generic synonyms: Nuclear Physicist

Definition of Compton

1. Proper noun. Any of several placenames in England from the (etyl ang) words for ''valley'' and ''habitation''. ¹

2. Proper noun. (surname A=An English habitational from=Old English dot=) from the placenames. ¹

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Medical Definition of Compton

1. Arthur H., U.S. Physicist and Nobel laureate, 1892-1962. See: Compton effect. (05 Mar 2000)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Compton

Community language
Comolli's sign
Comoro Islands
Composite order
Compton (current term)
Compton effect
Compton scattering
Comptonia asplenifolia
Comptonia peregrina
Comptroller General
Comptroller of the Currency
Comstock's mealybug
Comstock mealybug
Comte Donatien Alphonse Francois de Sade
Comte de Mirabeau

Literary usage of Compton

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1. The Bibliographer's Manual of English Literature: Containing an Account of by William Thomas Lowndes, Henry George Bohn (1865)
"Printed for H. Holland, and arc to be sold | by Compton Holland, 1618. folio. Copies of this work are in the British Museum, Bodleian Library, &c. ..."

2. Dictionary of national biography by Leslie Stephen, Sidney Lee (1893)
"He was ordained by Bishop Skinner in Trinity College chapel, 21 Dec. 1045, and two days later was presented to the living of Compton ..."

3. A Dictionary of the Drama: A Guide to the Plays, Play-wrights, Players, and by William Davenport Adams (1904)
"To 18S1 belongs the establishment of the [Edward] Compton Comedy Company, which had an unbroken existence of eighteen years, appearing mainly in the ..."

4. Baltimore: Its History and Its People by Clayton Colman Hall, Lewis Historical Publishing Co (1912)
"KEY Compton "Increase the business of the Chesapeake Line and help the Port of ... These are the ringing words in which Key Compton, president of the ..."

5. The History of England from the Accession of James II. by Thomas Babington Macaulay Macaulay, Samuel Austin Allibone (1875)
"The news caused cruel mortification to Compton, who, not unnaturally, conceived that ... Compton was, moreover, the only prelate who, during the late reign, ..."

6. The Works of Tennyson by Alfred Tennyson Tennyson, Hallam Tennyson Tennyson (1908)
"Compton refused. James bethought him of using the ecclesiastical supremacy of the Crown to crush the rising resistance of the Church, and, disregarding the ..."

7. The Cambridge Modern History by John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton Acton, Ernest Alfred Benians, Sir Adolphus William Ward, George Walter Prothero (1908)
"When Dr Sharp, Dean of Norwich and Rector of St Giles' in the Fields, animadverted in a sermon on the motives of converts, James called on Compton to ..."

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