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triton

1

[ trahy-ton ]

noun

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


Triton

2

[ trahyt-n ]

noun

  1. 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.
  2. Astronomy. a moon of Neptune.
  3. (lowercase) any of various marine gastropods of the family Cymatiidae, having a large, spiral, often beautifully colored shell.
  4. (lowercase) the shell of a triton.

Triton

1

/ ˈtraɪtən /

noun

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


triton

2

/ ˈtraɪtən /

noun

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

triton

3

/ ˈtraɪtɒn /

noun

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

Triton

4

/ ˈtraɪtən /

noun

  1. 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
  2. one of a class of minor sea deities
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Other Words From

  • Tri·ton·ic [trahy-, ton, -ik], adjective
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Word History and Origins

Origin of triton1

1930–35; < Greek tríton, neuter of trítos third, equivalent to trí- tri- + -ton neuter adj. suffix; -on 1
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Word History and Origins

Origin of triton1

C16: via Latin from Greek tritōn

Origin of triton2

C20: from trit ( ium ) + -on
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Example Sentences

Triton orbits the planet in a clockwise direction, the opposite of every other planet and major moon, indicating that it formed separately and later got snared by Neptune.

Triton also left behind a set of thin, clumpy rings that bunch together in arcs, unlike any other formation in the solar system.

Neptune’s system of moons is overwhelmingly dominated by a single large one, Triton, surrounded by 13 much smaller bodies, mostly in irregular, looping orbits.

Both missions had beaten out their competitors, spacecraft proposed to explore Jupiter’s moon Io and Neptune’s moon Triton.

Triton is the largest moon of Neptune, and one of the most exotic worlds in the solar system.

Triton prices the 1000/3 LP at a cool $3.15 million—inclusive of pilot training.

Triton will begin patrolling the seas with six ships based in Lampedusa and Porto Empedocle in Sicily on November 1.

But the captain of the Triton was beforehand with a celerity which matched the up-to-date speed of his craft.

He confessed to himself that he had envied the master of the rushing Triton who had swaggered past as if he owned the sea.

I could go under and be happy; go to old Triton, and wait for you; teach him to speak your proper Christian name.

Triton was his father's trumpeter, and at Neptune's command he blew upon his conch-shell to calm the restless sea.

Within this niche a marble Triton poured through his conch-shell a continuous stream.

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