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Lagrange

[luh-greynj; French la-grahnzh] /ləˈgreɪndʒ; French laˈgrɑ̃ʒ/
noun
1.
Joseph Louis
[zhaw-zef lwee] /ʒɔˈzɛf lwi/ (Show IPA),
Comte, 1736–1813, French mathematician and astronomer.
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  • Colonel Lagrange was quick to recover himself, as they both removed their caps.

    Clarence Bret Harte
  • "I don't think I understand you," returned Lagrange, coldly.

    Clarence Bret Harte
  • I refer to iridectomy, the Lagrange operation, and the Elliot operation.

    Glaucoma Various
  • Lagrange does not recommend his operation for acute glaucoma.

    Glaucoma Various
  • Silence Lagrange—silence him forever,—then ask of me any favor, and it shall not be denied.'

    Venus in Boston;

    George Thompson
  • Count Dutaillis was a greater success than Count de Lagrange.

  • Lagrange has a grey moustache, a grey beard and long grey hair.

  • It was the visit in 1704 of an officer named Lagrange and his suite from France.

    The Great Company

    Beckles Willson
  • It is true that Lagrange had made a scientific fortune in studying meteors.

    The Red Lily, Complete Anatole France
  • Lagrange's "Kitty Bell the Orphan" is mysterious in its allusions.

    The Key to the Bront Works John Malham-Dembleby
British Dictionary definitions for Lagrange

Lagrange

/French laɡrɑ̃ʒ/
noun
1.
Comte Joseph Louis (ʒozɛf lwi). 1736–1813, French mathematician and astronomer, noted particularly for his work on harmonics, mechanics, and the calculus of variations
Derived Forms
Lagrangian (ləˈɡreɪndʒɪən) adjective
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Lagrange in Science
Lagrange
  (lə-grānj', lə-gränj')   
Italian-born French mathematician and astronomer who made important contributions to algebra and calculus. His work on celestial mechanics extended scientific understanding of planetary and lunar motion. In 1772 he discovered the points in space that are now named for him.
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