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[komp-tuh n] /ˈkɒmp tən/
Arthur Holly
[hol-ee] /ˈhɒl i/ (Show IPA),
1892–1962, U.S. physicist: Nobel Prize 1927.
his brother, Karl Taylor
[kahrl] /kɑrl/ (Show IPA),
1887–1954, U.S. physicist.
Spencer, Earl of Wilmington, 1673?–1743, British statesman: prime minister 1742–43.
a city in SW California. Unabridged
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  • Jim is going to see the sheriff when he gets back to Compton and have the officer look into this bridge affair.

  • I said I wanted to see Mr. Compton, and had got a letter for him.

    Life in London Edwin Hodder
  • A moment later Jimmy entered, and Compton showed him the note.

    The Efficiency Expert Edgar Rice Burroughs
  • While Mr. Compton was reading the letter, I had leisure to look at him, and at his room.

    Life in London Edwin Hodder
  • After an hour spent in the examination, Mr. Compton came to business.

    Do and Dare Horatio Alger, Jr.
British Dictionary definitions for Compton


(ˈkɒmptən). Arthur Holly. 1892–1962, US physicist, noted for his research on X-rays, gamma rays, and nuclear energy: Nobel prize for physics 1927
(ˈkʌmptən). Denis. 1918–97, English cricketer, who played for Middlesex and England (1937–57); broke two records in 1947 scoring 3816 runs and 18 centuries in one season
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Compton in Science
American physicist who showed that when particles of light (called photons) collide with other particles, such as electrons, they lose energy and momentum and the light's wavelength increases. For his discovery of this phenomenon (which became known as the Compton effect) he shared the 1927 Nobel Prize for physics with Charles Wilson. He also discovered the electrical nature of cosmic rays.
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