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[pur-sel for 1; pur-suh l for 2]
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  1. Edward Mills [milz] /mɪlz/, 1912–97, U.S. physicist: Nobel prize 1952.
  2. Henry,1658?–95, English composer.
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Historical Examples

  • Mr. Purcell—why I must have mistaken—will you repeat the passage?'

    The Confessions of Harry Lorrequer, Complete

    Charles James Lever (1806-1872)

  • There was Purcell, who p. 245could never conquer till all seemed over with him.


    George Borrow

  • There was Purcell, who could never conquer till all seemed over with him.


    George Borrow

  • Purcell has immortalised father and son in the first volume of his Catches.

    The Violin

    George Hart

  • "And I imagine also that you are quits with your quick friend," added Sir Purcell.

British Dictionary definitions for purcell


  1. Edward Mills. 1912–97, US physicist, noted for his work on the magnetic moments of atomic nuclei: shared the Nobel prize for physics (1952)
  2. Henry. ?1659–95, English composer, noted chiefly for his rhythmic and harmonic subtlety in setting words. His works include the opera Dido and Aeneas (1689), music for the theatrical pieces King Arthur (1691) and The Fairy Queen (1692), several choral odes, fantasias, sonatas, and church music
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