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[klai-roh; French kle-roh]
  1. A·le·xis Claude [a-lek-see klohd] /a lɛkˈsi kloʊd/, 1713–65, French mathematician.
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Historical Examples of clairaut

  • Clairaut calculated its return right within a month (p. 219).

    Pioneers of Science

    Oliver Lodge

  • The calculation was difficult: Clairaut discovered the means of effecting it.

  • Ultimately, Clairaut took into account a whole series of neglected terms, and it came out correct; thus verifying the theory.

  • After long and persevering labour in this region, Voltaire consulted Clairaut on the progress he had made.


    John Morley

  • The comet arrived at its perihelion on the thirteenth of March, only twenty-three days from the time assigned by Clairaut.

    Letters on Astronomy

    Denison Olmsted