[ stee-vuhnz ]

  1. Alfred, 1817–75, English painter and sculptor.

  2. George (Cooper), 1905–75, U.S. film director.

  1. John Cox [koks], /kɒks/, 1749–1838, and his son Robert Livingston, 1787–1856, U.S. engineers and inventors.

  2. John Paul, 1920–2019, U.S. jurist: Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court 1975–2010.

  3. Net·tie Marie [net-ee], /ˈnɛt i/, 1861–1912, U.S. cytogeneticist.

  4. Thaddeus, 1792–1868, U.S. abolitionist and political leader.

  5. Wallace, 1879–1955, U.S. poet.

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British Dictionary definitions for Stevens


/ (ˈstiːvənz) /

  1. Thaddeus (ˈθædɪəs). 1792–1868, US Radical Republican politician. An opponent of slavery, he supported Reconstruction and entered the resolution calling for the impeachment of President Andrew Johnson

  2. Wallace. 1879–1955, US poet, whose books include the collections Harmonium (1923), The Man with the Blue Guitar (1937), and Transport to Summer (1947)

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Scientific definitions for Stevens


[ stēvənz ]

  1. American biologist who identified the role of X and Y chromosomes in determining the sex of an organism. Stevens studied the chromosomes of mealworm beetles, first establishing that chromosomes are inherited in pairs. She later showed that eggs fertilized by X-carrying sperm produced female offspring, while Y-carrying sperm produced male offspring. She extended this work to studies of sex determination in various plants and insects.

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