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Compton

[komp-tuh n]
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noun
  1. Arthur Hol·ly [hol-ee] /ˈhɒl i/, 1892–1962, U.S. physicist: Nobel Prize 1927.
  2. his brotherKarl Taylor [kahrl] /kɑrl/, 1887–1954, U.S. physicist.
  3. Spencer, Earl of Wilmington,1673?–1743, British statesman: prime minister 1742–43.
  4. a city in SW California.
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  • But no one had bolted the door, and, to the surprise of all, Mr. Compton stood before them.

    Life in London

    Edwin Hodder

  • I said I wanted to see Mr. Compton, and had got a letter for him.

    Life in London

    Edwin Hodder

  • To Ashton's relief the door opened, and Mr. Compton entered.

    Life in London

    Edwin Hodder

  • While Mr. Compton was reading the letter, I had leisure to look at him, and at his room.

    Life in London

    Edwin Hodder

  • He was an American by birth, but he had lived for many years in Compton County.


British Dictionary definitions for compton

Compton

noun
  1. (ˈkɒmptən) Arthur Holly. 1892–1962, US physicist, noted for his research on X-rays, gamma rays, and nuclear energy: Nobel prize for physics 1927
  2. (ˈkʌmptən) Denis . 1918–97, English cricketer, who played for Middlesex and England (1937–57); broke two records in 1947 scoring 3816 runs and 18 centuries in one season
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Compton

[kŏmptən]
  1. American physicist who showed that when particles of light (called photons) collide with other particles, such as electrons, they lose energy and momentum and the light's wavelength increases. For his discovery of this phenomenon (which became known as the Compton effect) he shared the 1927 Nobel Prize for physics with Charles Wilson. He also discovered the electrical nature of cosmic rays.
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