[ helm-hohlts ]

  1. Her·mann Lud·wig Fer·di·nand von [her-mahn loot-vik fer-di-nahnt fuhn], /ˈhɛr mɑn ˈlut vɪk ˈfɛr dɪˌnɑnt fən/, 1821–94, German physiologist and physicist.

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How to use Helmholtz in a sentence

  • On February 14th he records that Professor Helmholtz called, but unfortunately leaves no further memorandum of that visit.

  • Until the publication of Helmholtz's work vocal theorists had known practically nothing of acoustics.

    The Psychology of Singing | David C. Taylor
  • According to Helmholtz the power of the full moon is not more than that of a candle twelve feet away.

    Criminal Psychology | Hans Gross

British Dictionary definitions for Helmholtz


/ (German ˈhɛlmhɔlts) /

  1. Baron Hermann Ludwig Ferdinand von (ˈhɛrman ˈluːtvɪç ˈfɛrdinant fɔn). 1821–94, German physiologist, physicist, and mathematician: helped to found the theory of the conservation of energy; invented the ophthalmoscope (1850); and investigated the mechanics of sight and sound

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Scientific definitions for Helmholtz


[ hĕlmhōlts′ ]

  1. German physicist and physiologist who was a founder of the law of conservation of energy. Helmholtz did pioneering research on vision and invented an instrument for examining the interior of the eye in 1851.

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