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[frangk-lin] /ˈfræŋk lɪn/
Aretha [uh-ree-thuh] /əˈri θə/ (Show IPA), born 1942, U.S. singer.
Benjamin, 1706–90, American statesman, diplomat, author, scientist, and inventor.
Sir John, 1786–1847, English Arctic explorer.
John Hope, 1915–2009, U.S. historian and educator.
a district in extreme N Canada, in the Northwest Territories, including the Boothia and Melville peninsulas, Baffin Island, and other Arctic islands. 549,253 sq. mi. (1,422,565 sq. km).
a town in S Massachusetts.
a city in SE Wisconsin.
a town in central Tennessee.
a town in central Indiana.
a town in SW Ohio.
a male given name: from a Germanic word meaning “freeholder.”. Unabridged
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  • What pen name did ben franklin sign to this interesting article?

    True to His Home Hezekiah Butterworth
  • I used to hear ben franklin say things like that when he was a 'prentice lad.

    True to His Home Hezekiah Butterworth
  • And then there was ben franklin, the noblest amateur of them all!

    The Great Gray Plague Raymond F. Jones
  • ben franklin, President, was one of the eight who voted for the resolution.

  • A greyhound suckled them, and Adams kept one of the cubs—ben franklin.

    Your National Parks Enos A. Mills
  • Adams took ben franklin from a den when he was a tiny blind cub.

    The Grizzly Enos A. Mills
  • And then recall the large-hearted ben franklin, when sent to the French court.

    What All The World's A-Seeking

    Ralph Waldo Trine
British Dictionary definitions for ben franklin


(in 14th- and 15th-century England) a substantial landholder of free but not noble birth
Word Origin
C13: from Anglo-French fraunclein, from Old French franc free, on the model of chamberlain


Aretha (əˈriːθə) born 1942, US soul, pop, and gospel singer; noted for her songs "Respect" (1967), "I Say a Little Prayer" (1968), and, with George Michael, "I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)" (1987)
Benjamin 1706–90, American statesman, scientist, and author. He helped draw up the Declaration of Independence (1776) and, as ambassador to France (1776–85), he negotiated an alliance with France and a peace settlement with Britain. As a scientist, he is noted particularly for his researches in electricity, esp his invention of the lightning conductor
Sir John. 1786–1847, English explorer of the Arctic: lieutenant-governor of Van Diemen's Land (now Tasmania) (1836–43): died while on a voyage to discover the Northwest Passage
Rosalind. 1920–58, British x-ray crystallographer. She contributed to the discovery of the structure of DNA, before her premature death from cancer
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Word Origin and History for ben franklin


surname attested from late 12c., Middle English Frankeleyn, from Anglo-French fraunclein "a land-owner of free but not noble birth," from Old French franc "free" (see frank (adj.)), with Germanic suffix also found in chamberlain.

The Franklin stove (1787) so called because it was invented by U.S. scientist/politician Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790). In early 19c., lightning rods often were called Franklins.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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ben franklin in Medicine

Franklin Frank·lin (frāngk'lĭn), Rosalind. 1920-1958.

British biophysicist. Her x-ray diffraction studies of DNA led to the description of the full structure of DNA by James Watson and Francis Crick.

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ben franklin in Science
American public official, scientist, inventor, and writer who fully established the distinction between negative and positive electricity, proved that lightning and electricity are identical, and suggested that buildings could be protected by lightning conductors. He also invented bifocal glasses, established the direction of the prevailing storm track in North America and determined the existence of the Gulf Stream.
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Slang definitions & phrases for ben franklin



A hundred-dollar bill; c-note: He peels off another five Franklins

[1990s+; fr its portrait of Benjamin Franklin]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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