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[pur-sel for 1; pur-suh l for 2] /pɜrˈsɛl for 1; ˈpɜr səl for 2/
Edward Mills
[milz] /mɪlz/ (Show IPA),
1912–97, U.S. physicist: Nobel prize 1952.
Henry, 1658?–95, English composer. Unabridged
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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
  • Miss Purcell insisted that her savings should be used for furnishing the house.

    The Lost Heir G. A. Henty
  • "And I imagine also that you are quits with your quick friend," added Sir Purcell.

    Sandra Belloni, Complete George Meredith
  • Purcell corrected the copies of the first issue by his own hand.

    Twelve Good Musicians Frederick Bridge
  • "I must enquire where his chambers are to be found," said Sir Purcell.

    Sandra Belloni, Complete George Meredith
  • The truth is, that if Purcell had lived differently from his neighbours he would have been called a Puritan.

    Old Scores and New Readings John F. Runciman
  • Mr. Pericles stood bent and cat-like as Sir Purcell reappeared.

    Sandra Belloni, Complete George Meredith
  • The anger of a man like Purcell terrified her, lay like a nightmare on a sensitive and introspective nature.

    The History of David Grieve Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • Sir Purcell interpreted this as indicating the beginning of their alienation.

    Sandra Belloni, Complete George Meredith
British Dictionary definitions for Purcell


Edward Mills. 1912–97, US physicist, noted for his work on the magnetic moments of atomic nuclei: shared the Nobel prize for physics (1952)
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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