triton

[trahy-ton]
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noun Physics.

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

Nearby words

  1. tritiate,
  2. triticale,
  3. triticum,
  4. tritium,
  5. tritoma,
  6. triton tumor,
  7. tritone,
  8. tritonia,
  9. tritonic,
  10. tritonis

Compare deuteron.

Origin of triton

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

Triton

[trahyt-n]

noun

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.
Related formsTri·ton·ic [trahy-ton-ik] /traɪˈtɒn ɪk/, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for triton

triton

1

noun

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

noun

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

Word Origin for triton

C20: from trit (ium) + -on

Triton

1

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

Triton

2

noun

the largest satellite of the planet Neptune. Diameter: 2700 km
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Word Origin and History for triton

Triton

minor sea god, son of Poseidon and Amphitrite, from Greek Triton, cognate with Old Irish triath (genitive trethan) "sea."

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