Kay,1903–1993, U.S. novelist, short-story writer, and poet.
Robert,1627–91, English chemist and physicist.
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  • Neither Bacon nor Boyle, however, were medical men by profession.

    A Dish Of Orts

    George MacDonald

  • The Boyle children had frequently tattled to Mary Hope what they heard at home.

    Rim o' the World

    B. M. Bower

  • As to Sederson, the Swede, he was working for Boyle, and did what his boss said.

    Rim o' the World

    B. M. Bower

  • Sir Boyle Roach had a servant who was as great an original as his master.

    The Jest Book

    Mark Lemon

  • Mr Boyle had no scruple; and I am sure this is a stronger case.


    Harriet Martineau

British Dictionary definitions for boyle



Robert . 1627–91, Irish scientist who helped to dissociate chemistry from alchemy. He established that air has weight and studied the behaviour of gases; author of The Sceptical Chymist (1661)
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boyle in Science


[boil]Robert 1627-1691

English physicist and chemist who is regarded as a founder of modern chemistry. Boyle rejected the traditional theory that all matter was composed of four elements and defined an element as a substance that cannot be reduced to other, simpler substances or produced by combining simpler substances. Boyle also conducted important physics experiments with Robert Hooke that led to the development of Boyle's law.
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