Definitions

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

  • Dewar, Sir James 1842-1923. Scottish-born chemist and physicist who studied the liquefaction of gases and the properties of matter at very low temperatures and invented cordite (1889) with Sir Frederick Abel.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A glass or metal double-walled flask for holding a liquid without much loss or gain of heat; a vacuum bottle or thermos. Generally used for scientific purposes and in particular for cryogenic work.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • A double-walled glass vessel for holding liquid air, liquid nitrogen, etc., having the space between the walls exhausted so as to prevent conduction of heat, and sometimes having the glass silvered to prevent absorption of radiant heat; -- called also, according to the particular shape, Dewar bulb, Dewar tube, etc.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. Scottish chemist and physicist noted for his work in cryogenics and his invention of the Dewar flask (1842-1923)
  • n. vacuum flask that holds liquid air or helium for scientific experiments

Etymologies

Named for James Dewar, who is credited with its invention. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • NDP Foreign Affairs critic Paul Dewar is on top of it, and, if the Liberals really want to take the high road on this, they should simply support his bill.

    Archive 2009-09-01

  • What Dewar is calling for is already the law in Germany and in the US: there is a legal obligation on the part of those states to come to the aid of their citizens abroad.

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  • NDP foreign affairs critic Paul Dewar is drafting a bill that would make government and responsible ministers accountable when Canadian citizens like Suaad Hagi Mohamud are mistreated by Canadian officials abroad or by foreign governments.

    Archive 2009-08-01

  • The arena wasn't totally without fans when his impromptu postgame show started - see, the postgame hangout of choice at AmericanAirlines Arena is called the Dewar's Clubhouse, which stays open for about an hour after Heat games.

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  • But the Dewar was a shrewd judge of character, and he saw in the mage's thin lips, gaunt face, and cold eyes a ruthless desire for power that he could both trust and understand.

    War of the Twins

  • Maybe you think Dr. Dewar is not good enough to have the honour of meeting with the like of you.

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  • He held out his glass with about half the lemonade in it, and H.O. generously filled up the tumbler out of the bottle, labelled Dewar's whisky.

    The Wouldbegoods

  • He pointed to a bottle labelled Dewar's whisky, which stood on the table near the spirit-kettle.

    The Wouldbegoods

  • The steins are made from a piece of lab equipment known as a Dewar flask.

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  • James A Dewar was the manager of a baking plant in Chicago during the Great Depression.

    TODAYonline

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