Origin of dalton
First recorded in 1935–40; named after J. Dalton
- John,1766–1844, English chemist and physicist.
- Robert,1867–92, U.S. outlaw in the West.
- a city in NW Georgia.
- a male given name.
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Examples from the Web for dalton
They vote as often as partisans but are not driven by party loyalty, Dalton found.Yes, Independent Swing Voters Are Real. And May Decide Who Wins Elections
November 3, 2014
The lingering effects of the email scandal may be felt far outside Dalton alone.
Rest assured that personal information about Dalton families, faculty, staff and alumni are treated with the utmost respect.
Glickman pointed out that Dalton recovered quickly from its most recent wealth-related scandal.
Stein's email:Dear Dalton Community, Some of you may have seen recent reports about Dalton in the media.
For it was the morning of Hallowe'en,—and the Dalton twins' birthday.
The two had been walking toward the Dalton house as they talked.
"I don't understand one word of this," cried Dalton, impatiently.
This Princess—this Dalton—I destined for a duty of the same nature.
"Mr. Dalton desires you to witness his signature," said he to the man.
- another name for atomic mass unit
C20: named after John Dalton
- John. 1766–1844, English chemist and physicist, who formulated the modern form of the atomic theory and the law of partial pressures for gases. He also gave the first accurate description of colour blindness, from which he suffered
Word Origin and History for dalton
in reference to a system of school education designed by Helen Parkhurst, 1920, from Dalton, Massachusetts, U.S., where it was first adopted. For Daltonism see color blindness.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- See atomic mass unit.
- British chemist whose pioneering work on the properties of the atmosphere and gases led him to formulate the atomic theory. Dalton's theory stipulates that all matter is made up of combinations of atoms, the atoms of each element being identical. These atoms can be neither created nor destroyed, but chemical reactions take place through their rearrangement.
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