adjective, sod·di·er, sod·di·est.

of or relating to sod.
consisting of sod.

noun, plural sod·dies.

Also sod·die. Western U.S. sod house.

Origin of soddy

First recorded in 1605–15; sod1 + -y1, -y2




Frederick,1877–1956, English chemist: Nobel prize 1921. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for soddy

Historical Examples of soddy

  • He had arranged a blind in the brush from which he could see the back of the Menendez "soddy."

    Oh, You Tex!

    William Macleod Raine

  • She sits at the door of her soddy with her faithful tabby in her lap and is content.

    The American Country Girl

    Martha Foote Crow

  • Professor Soddy says, "Natural philosophy may explain a rainbow but not a rabbit."

    The Breath of Life

    John Burroughs

  • The modern dynamo, as Professor Soddy puts it, may be looked upon as an electron pump.

  • Professor Soddy has given an interesting picture of what might happen when the sun's light and heat is no longer what it is.

British Dictionary definitions for soddy



Frederick. 1877–1956, English chemist, whose work on radioactive disintegration led to the discovery of isotopes: Nobel prize for chemistry 1921
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soddy in Science


[sŏdē]Frederick 1877-1956

British chemist who was a pioneer in the study of radioactivity. With Ernest Rutherford, he explained the atomic disintegration of radioactive elements. Soddy also coined the word isotope to describe elements that were chemically identical but had different atomic weights. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for chemistry in 1921.
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