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[maks-wel, -wuh l] /ˈmæks wɛl, -wəl/
noun, Electricity.
the centimeter-gram-second unit of magnetic flux, equal to the magnetic flux through one square centimeter normal to a magnetic field of one gauss.
Abbreviation: Mx.
Origin of maxwell
First recorded in 1895-1900; named after J. C. Maxwell


[maks-wel or for 2, 3, -wuh l] /ˈmæks wɛl or for 2, 3, -wəl/
Elsa, 1883–1963, U.S. professional hostess and author.
James Clerk
[klahrk] /klɑrk/ (Show IPA),
1831–79, Scottish physicist.
a male given name. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Even of maxwell he exacted as clear a vision of his own work as he exacted of its interpreters.

    The Story of a Play W. D. Howells
  • maxwell did so, making a little dot with his pencil on the chart.

    A Middy of the King Harry Collingwood
  • Clerk maxwell has given us, in his greatest work, his conception of the two kinds of energy due to electricity and magnetism.

    Aether and Gravitation William George Hooper
  • "You would have been no better than maxwell, if you had given it to him," was answered.

  • In the front row not far from where his own parents sat, he sighted both Mr. maxwell and Mr. Brennan.

British Dictionary definitions for maxwell


the cgs unit of magnetic flux equal to the flux through one square centimetre normal to a field of one gauss. It is equivalent to 10–8 weber Mx
Word Origin
C20: named after James Clerk Maxwell


James Clerk. 1831–79, Scottish physicist. He made major contributions to the electromagnetic theory, developing the equations (Maxwell equations) upon which classical theory is based. He also contributed to the kinetic theory of gases, and colour vision
(Ian) Robert, original name Robert Hoch. 1923–91, British publisher, born in Slovakia: founder (1949) of Pergamon Press; chairman of Mirror Group Newspapers Ltd. (1984–91); theft from his employees' pension funds and other frauds discovered after his death led to the collapse of his business
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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maxwell in Science
  (māks'wěl', -wəl)   
The unit of magnetic flux in the centimeter-gram-second system, equal to the flux perpendicularly intersecting an area of one square centimeter in a region where the magnetic intensity is one gauss.
Scottish physicist who developed four laws of electromagnetism showing that light is composed of electromagnetic waves. He also investigated heat and the kinetic theory of gases, and he experimented with color vision, producing the first color photograph in 1861.

Our Living Language  : James Clerk Maxwell was only fourteen years old when he published his first paper—an accomplishment for anyone, but especially for one who was thought by his first tutor to be slow-witted. His precocious talents, especially in mathematics, did not go unrecognized by others, however, and he started making lasting contributions to science while still very young. In his 20s, he wrote a prize-winning essay in which he showed, based on laws of classical physics, that Saturn's rings were not a single object, but a collection of small objects—a finding not confirmed until over 120 years later, when the Voyager space probe reached the planet. His most famous work was his demonstration, done while he was in his 30s, of the existence of electromagnetic waves and his conclusion that light was also part of the electromagnetic spectrum. This set of discoveries was of fundamental importance for 20th-century physics, as it paved the road for Einstein's theories of relativity and for quantum theory. Other novel ideas of Maxwell's led to the establishment of such diverse fields as information theory and cybernetics. Little wonder, then, that Einstein said, on the centenary of Maxwell's birth in 1931, that his work had been "the most profound and the most fruitful that physics has experienced since the time of Newton."
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