• synonyms


  1. Her·mann Lud·wig Fer·di·nand von [her-mahn loot-vik fer-di-nahnt fuh n] /ˈhɛr mɑn ˈlut vɪk ˈfɛr dɪˌnɑnt fən/, 1821–94, German physiologist and physicist.
Show More
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for helmholtz

Historical Examples

  • Each Helmholtz of the future will give rise to a thousand Edisons.

    The Call of the Twentieth Century

    David Starr Jordan

  • Helmholtz considers that one-tenth of a second is demanded for this purpose.

  • Mayer first, and Helmholtz and Thomson afterwards, have calculated its amount.

  • Schwann's investigations were corroborated, in 1843, by Helmholtz.

  • Helmholtz is a representative of the former theory, and Preyer of the latter.

    The Wonders of Life

    Ernst Haeckel

British Dictionary definitions for helmholtz


  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
Show More
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

helmholtz in Science


  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.
Show More
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary Copyright © 2011. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.