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[stee-vuh n-suh n]
  1. George,1781–1848, English inventor and engineer.
  2. his sonRobert,1803–59, English engineer.
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Contemporary Examples of stephenson

Historical Examples of stephenson

  • His originality as an inventor has indeed been called in question, like that of Watt and Stephenson.


    Samuel Smiles

  • Mr. Stephenson approved the plan, and agreed to my proposal.

  • Across the Atlantic came the news of Stephenson's remarkable success.

    The Age of Invention

    Holland Thompson

  • Stephenson was heard to say, by some of the workmen, that he could repair it.

    Hidden Treasures

    Harry A. Lewis

  • To this place Stephenson first came as a brakesman about the beginning of 1805.

British Dictionary definitions for stephenson


  1. George. 1781–1848, British inventor of the first successful steam locomotive (1814); constructed the first railway line to carry passengers, the Stockton and Darlington Railway (opened 1825)
  2. his son, Robert. 1803–59, British engineer, noted for his construction of railway bridges and viaducts, esp the tubular bridge over the Menai Strait
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