[huhm-bohlt; for 1, 2 also German hoo m-bawlt]
  1. Frie·drich Hein·rich A·lex·an·der [free-drikh hahyn-rikh ah-lek-sahn-duhr] /ˈfri drɪx ˈhaɪn rɪx ˌɑ lɛkˈsɑn dər/, Baron von [fuh n] /fən/, 1769–1859, German naturalist, writer, and statesman.
  2. his brother(Karl) Wil·helm [kahrl vil-helm] /kɑrl ˈvɪl hɛlm/, Baron von,1767–1835, German philologist and diplomat.
  3. a town in NW Tennessee.
  4. a river in NE Nevada, flowing W and SW to the Humboldt Sink. 290 miles (467 km) long. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for humboldt

Contemporary Examples of humboldt

  • “Intellectuals are coming up in this country,” Humboldt says.

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    Is Obama Too Thoughtful?

    Michael Signer

    February 13, 2010

  • Schlink: In 1990, in January, I became a guest professor at Humboldt in Germany right after the wall had come down.

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    Ordinary Monsters

    Richard Cohen

    December 11, 2008

Historical Examples of humboldt

  • Humboldt is said to have declared that the statue of Charles IV.

    Aztec Land

    Maturin M. Ballou

  • For a list of historic "dark days," see Humboldt, Cosmos, 1-120.

  • Humboldt sketched one of them, and it's an uncanny-looking thing.

  • Humboldt says that they were cast up from subterranean sources.

  • His fame, or “glory,” to use the words of Humboldt, preceded him.

    Albert Gallatin

    John Austin Stevens

British Dictionary definitions for humboldt


  1. Baron (Friedrich Heinrich) Alexander von (alɛˈksandər fɔn). 1769–1859, German scientist, who made important scientific explorations in Central and South America (1799–1804). In Kosmos (1845–62), he provided a comprehensive description of the physical universe
  2. his brother, Baron (Karl) Wilhelm von (ˈvɪlhɛlm fɔn). 1767–1835, German philologist and educational reformer
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humboldt in Science


[hŭmbōlt′, humbôlt′]Baron (Friedrich Heinrich) Alexander von 1769-1859
  1. German naturalist and writer who explored South America, Cuba, and Mexico (1799-1804) and recorded a wide range of species, particularly plants, and attempted to explain their geographic distribution with respect to their environment. His work laid the foundation the science of ecology.
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