Huygens or Huy·ghens [ hahy-g uhnz, hoi-; Dutch hoi-gens ] SHOW IPA / ˈhaɪ gənz, ˈhɔɪ-; Dutch ˈhɔɪ gɛns / PHONETIC RESPELLING noun Chris·tian 1629–95, [ kris-ch uhn; Dutch k-tee-ahn], ris /ˈkrɪs tʃən; Dutch ˈkrɪs tiˌɑn/, Dutch mathematician, physicist, and astronomer.
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How to use Huygens in a sentence
For that matter,
Huygens believed much hotter Mercury to be populated as well, and that the Mercurians would no doubt consider Earth much too cold and dark to support life.
That mission included the
Huygens lander, which delivered observations from the atmosphere and surface of Titan before going offline just 90 minutes after touchdown.
The attention of the world thus once awakened,
Huygens and Cassini applied themselves to ascertain the figure of the earth.
His father, Christiaan
Huygens, was secretary to the state council, and a man of great political importance.
It is a disgrace to Dutch scholarship that no complete collection of the writings of
Huygens exists. Huygens is the grand seigneur of the republic, the type of aristocratic oligarchy, the jewel and ornament of Dutch liberty.
Huygens is the most brilliant figure in Dutch literary history. British Dictionary definitions for Huygens Huygens / ( ˈhaɪɡənz, Dutch ˈhœixəns) / noun Christiaan (ˈkristiːˌaːn). 1629–95, Dutch physicist: first formulated the wave theory of light
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Scientific definitions for Huygens Dutch physicist and astronomer who in 1655 discovered Saturn's rings and its fourth satellite, using a telescope he constructed with his brother. In 1657 he built the first pendulum clock. Huygens also proposed that light consists of transverse waves that vibrate up and down perpendicular to the direction in which the light travels. This theory, which explained some properties of light better than Newton's theory, was made public in 1690.
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