Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A scientist who specializes in physics.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A student of physics; a natural philosopher.
  • noun 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun One versed in physics.
  • noun (Biol.) 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 Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A person whose occupation specializes in the science of physics, especially at a professional level.
  • noun archaic 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 WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a scientist trained in physics

Etymologies

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From physics +‎ -ist

Examples

  • I imagine that this résumé permits him to assign himself the title physicist, but not in the Robert Oppenheimer/Edward Teller sense of the word.

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  • I imagine that this résumé permits him to assign himself the title physicist, but not in the Robert Oppenheimer/Edward Teller sense of the word.

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  • I imagine that this résumé permits him to assign himself the title physicist, but not in the Robert Oppenheimer/Edward Teller sense of the word.

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  • Sean M Carroll the physicist is the one who resigned blogging heads.

    Blogginheads Controversy

  • But the physicist is at a disadvantage in this respect on account of the very specialized nature of his work, which cannot be made intelligible without an intensive preliminary course of study.

    Paul A.M. Dirac - Banquet Speech

  • He alienated fellow players in an online game with disjointed, hostile posts, including one in which he called the physicist

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  • He alienated fellow players in an online game with disjointed, hostile posts, including one in which he called the physicist

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  • He alienated fellow players in an online game with disjointed, hostile posts, including one in which he called the physicist

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  • He alienated fellow players in an online game with disjointed, hostile posts, including one in which he called the physicist

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  • He alienated fellow players in an online game with disjointed, hostile posts, including one in which he called the physicist

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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