Edison

[ed-uh-suh n]
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noun

Thomas Al·va [al-vuh] /ˈæl və/, 1847–1931, U.S. inventor, especially of electrical devices.
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Contemporary Examples of edison

  • And he would transform the electronics market that Edison had helped forge.

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  • For Edison, electricity was the fuel that powered a series of innovations.

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  • Steve Jobs performed a similar feat at Apple, more than a century after Edison worked his magic.

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  • And so, in a lesser-known breakthrough, Edison went on to build the first electrical power station and system.

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  • I need only show you Edison, NJ and Fremont, CA as prime examples of this fact.

Historical Examples of edison

  • Mr. Milliken was the first of Edison's masters, and perhaps his fellows, who appreciated him.

  • Edison was acquainted with two experimental facts on which to base the invention.

  • In this retreat Edison is surrounded with everything that his heart desires.

  • My heart began to beat quickly as I wondered which of these men was Edison.

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  • This was his first intellectual stride towards the future Edison.



British Dictionary definitions for edison

Edison

noun

Thomas Alva. 1847–1931, US inventor. He patented more than a thousand inventions, including the phonograph, the incandescent electric lamp, the microphone, and the kinetoscope
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Science definitions for edison

Edison

[ĕdĭ-sən]Thomas Alva 1847-1931

American inventor and physicist who took out more than 1,000 patents in his lifetime. His inventions include the telegraph (1869), microphone (1877), and light bulb (1879). He also designed the first power plant (1881-82), making possible the widespread distribution of electricity. During World War I, Edison worked on a number of military devices, including flamethrowers, periscopes, and torpedoes.
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