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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • A city of southern California, a residential and industrial suburb between Los Angeles and Long Beach. Population: 95,700.
  • Compton, Arthur Holly 1892-1962. American physicist. He shared a 1927 Nobel Prize for his discovery of the Compton effect.

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  • proper n. Any of several placenames in England from the Old English words for valley and habitation.
  • proper n. An English habitational surname from the placenames.

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  • n. 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)

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