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Purcell

[pur-sel for 1; pur-suh l for 2] /pɜrˈsɛl for 1; ˈpɜr səl for 2/
noun
1.
Edward Mills
[milz] /mɪlz/ (Show IPA),
1912–97, U.S. physicist: Nobel prize 1952.
2.
Henry, 1658?–95, English composer.
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  • 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.

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

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

    The Violin George Hart
  • Sir Purcell Barrett frequently called to assist in the discovery.

    Sandra Belloni, Complete George Meredith
  • "And I imagine also that you are quits with your quick friend," added Sir Purcell.

    Sandra Belloni, Complete George Meredith
  • "I must enquire where his chambers are to be found," said Sir Purcell.

    Sandra Belloni, Complete George Meredith
  • Both she and Sir Purcell heard him say to a companion: "There she is."

    Sandra Belloni, Complete George Meredith
  • Sir Purcell stretched his hand out to her, but she did not take it.

    Sandra Belloni, Complete George Meredith
  • Mr. Pericles stood bent and cat-like as Sir Purcell reappeared.

    Sandra Belloni, Complete George Meredith
British Dictionary definitions for Purcell

Purcell

/ˈpɜːsəl/
noun
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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