Definitions

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

  • n. A scientist who specializes in physics.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A person whose occupation specializes in the science of physics, especially at a professional level.
  • n. A believer in the theory that the fundamental phenomena of life are to be explained upon purely chemical and physical principles (opposed to vitalist).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One versed in physics.
  • n. A believer in the theory that the fundamental phenomena of life are to be explained upon purely chemical and physical principles; -- opposed to vitalist.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A student of physics; a natural philosopher.
  • n. In biol, one who seeks to explain fundamental vital phenomena upon purely physical or chemical principles; one who holds that life is a form of energy due simply to molecular movements taking place in the ultimate molecules of the protoplasm, and capable of correlation with the ordinary physical and chemical forces: opposed to vitalist.

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

  • n. a scientist trained in physics

Etymologies

From physics +‎ -ist (Wiktionary)

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  • Big-browed physicists tell us that two objects cannot under any circumstances occupy the same place at the same time. . . . .
    . . . . a lot of fundamental physics is the solemn statement of the absurdly obvious. Any drunk who has tried to put his car where a lamppost stands is a self-educated physicist.

    From 'Odd Thomas' by Dean Koontz.

    October 1, 2009