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

  • Chamberlain, (Arthur) Neville 1869-1940. British politician and prime minister (1937-1940) who advocated a policy of appeasement toward the fascist regimes of Europe. He was forced to declare war on Germany after its invasion of Poland in 1939.
  • Chamberlain, Sir (Joseph) Austen 1863-1937. British politician who helped establish the Locarno Pact. He shared the 1925 Nobel Peace Prize.
  • Chamberlain, Wilton Norman Known as "Wilt.” Born 1936. American basketball player. He ranks among the all-time leading NBA scorers and rebounders and holds the record for most points (100) scored in a single game.


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  • (Joba Chamberlain is the best known of the recent players.)

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  • In the mid-'60s, the National Basketball Association nearly put in what it called the Chamberlain rule.

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  • I enjoy repeating this story to my friends who are Celtics fans, but alas, I would not argue that it proves Wilt Chamberlain is the greatest center in NBA history.

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  • Since No. 4 Wilt Chamberlain is 4,008 points ahead of him, O'Neal seems to have risen as far as he'll go.

  • As the Yankees transition Joba Chamberlain from the bullpen to the rotation, they will be looking for middle relievers to get the game to Mariano Rivera.

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  • Girardi brought in Chamberlain, who soon hit 101 mph on the stadium radar gun and struck out Willy Aybar on three pitches.

  • As always, Chamberlain is that rare cicerone for the reader, displaying learning, empathy, and deep understanding on every page.

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  • Neville Chamberlain is universally considered an abject, deluded, appeasing fool, and maybe the worst one by far in the 20th Century.

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  • Chamberlain is left with physical reminders of that September sunset attack — he's missing a part of his left triceps, he's lost some hearing on one side, and the scars on his thigh are impressive.

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