[ trahy-ton ]
/ ˈtraɪ tɒn /

noun Physics.

a positively-charged particle consisting of a proton and two neutrons, equivalent to the nucleus of an atom of tritium.


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Origin of triton

1930–35; < Greek tríton, neuter of trítos third, equivalent to trí- tri- + -ton neuter adj. suffix; cf. -on1

Definition for triton (2 of 2)

[ trahyt-n ]
/ ˈtraɪt n /


Classical Mythology. a son of Poseidon and Amphitrite, represented as having the head and trunk of a man and the tail of a fish, and as using a conch-shell trumpet.
Astronomy. a moon of Neptune.
(lowercase) any of various marine gastropods of the family Cymatiidae, having a large, spiral, often beautifully colored shell.
(lowercase) the shell of a triton.


Tri·ton·ic [trahy-ton-ik] /traɪˈtɒn ɪk/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for triton (1 of 4)

/ (ˈtraɪtən) /


any of various chiefly tropical marine gastropod molluscs of the genera Charonia, Cymatium, etc, having large beautifully-coloured spiral shells

Word Origin for triton

C16: via Latin from Greek tritōn

British Dictionary definitions for triton (2 of 4)

/ (ˈtraɪtɒn) /


physics a nucleus of an atom of tritium, containing two neutrons and one proton

Word Origin for triton

C20: from trit (ium) + -on

British Dictionary definitions for triton (3 of 4)

/ (ˈtraɪtən) /

noun Greek myth

a sea god, son of Poseidon and Amphitrite, depicted as having the upper parts of a man with a fish's tail and holding a trumpet made from a conch shell
one of a class of minor sea deities

British Dictionary definitions for triton (4 of 4)

/ (ˈtraɪtən) /


the largest satellite of the planet Neptune. Diameter: 2700 km
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