• synonyms


[tawr-i-chel-ee; Italian tawr-ree-chel-lee]
  1. E·van·ge·lis·ta [e-vahn-je-lee-stah] /ɛˌvɑn dʒɛˈli stɑ/, 1608–47, Italian physicist.
Show More
Related formsTor·ri·cel·li·an, adjective
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for torricelli

Historical Examples

  • The celebrated Pascal followed Torricelli with another deduction.

    Fragments of science, V. 1-2

    John Tyndall

  • Galileo and his pupil Torricelli had both been busy with the subject.


    John Tulloch

  • I remembah Torricelli—he's the fellah who used to paint all his women crooked.

  • This led Torricelli, one of Galileo's pupils, to the discovery of the barometer.

    The Story of Great Inventions

    Elmer Ellsworth Burns

  • We see the converse mode of dealing with Nature in Torricelli.

British Dictionary definitions for torricelli


  1. Evangelista (evandʒeˈlista). 1608–47, Italian physicist and mathematician, who discovered the principle of the barometer
Show More
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

torricelli in Science


  1. Italian mathematician and physicist noted for discovering that the atmosphere exerts pressure. He demonstrated that this pressure affected the level of mercury in a tube, thereby inventing the mercury barometer (1643).
Show More
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary Copyright © 2011. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.