[nairnst, nurnst; German nernst]
  1. Wal·ther Her·man [vahl-tuhr her-mahn] /ˈvɑl tər ˈhɛr mɑn/, 1864–1941, German physicist and chemist: Nobel Prize in chemistry 1920. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Historical Examples of nernst

  • The source of light—the filament of a Nernst lamp—was moved about in a plane 120 cm.

    Clever Hans

    Oskar Pfungst

  • Another type of filament lamp was developed by Nernst in 1897.

    Artificial Light

    M. Luckiesh

  • All other incandescent lamps and the Nernst lamps are supplied through transformers from the 60-cycle lighting system.

  • The arrangement of the larger type of Nernst lamp can be readily seen from the drawing, Fig. 52c.

  • No advantage is obtained by over-running a Nernst lamp, this only shortening its life without increasing the light.

British Dictionary definitions for nernst


  1. Walther Hermann (ˈvaltər ˈhɛrman). 1864–1941, German physical chemist who formulated the third law of thermodynamics: Nobel prize for chemistry 1920
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