laurence

[ lawr-uhns, lor- ]
/ ˈlɔr əns, ˈlɒr- /

noun

Physics. a shimmering effect seen over a hot surface, such as a pavement or roadway, on a clear and calm day, caused by the irregular refraction of light.Compare scintillation (def. 4).

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Origin of laurence

First recorded in 1790–1800; origin unknown

Definition for laurence (2 of 2)

Laurence
[ lawr-uhns, lor- ]
/ ˈlɔr əns, ˈlɒr- /

noun

a male given name, form of Lawrence.
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British Dictionary definitions for laurence

Laurence
/ (ˈlɒrəns) /

noun

Margaret, full name Jean Margaret Laurence, 1926–87, Canadian novelist and short story writer; her novels include The Stone Angel (1964)
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