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[ed-uh-suh n]
  1. Thomas Al·va [al-vuh] /ˈæl və/, 1847–1931, U.S. inventor, especially of electrical devices.
  2. a township in central New Jersey.
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Historical Examples of edison

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

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

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

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

    My Double Life

    Sarah Bernhardt

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

British Dictionary definitions for edison


  1. 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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edison in Science


  1. 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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