[ wil-suhn ]

  1. Sir Angus (Frank John·stone) [jon-stuhn, -suhn], /ˈdʒɒn stən, -sən/, 1913–91, English writer.

  2. August, 1945-2005, U.S. playwright.

  1. Charles Thom·son Rees [tom-suhn-rees], /ˈtɒm sən ris/, 1869–1959, Scottish physicist: Nobel Prize 1927.

  2. Edith Bolling (Galt), 1872–1961, U.S. First Lady 1915–21 (second wife of Woodrow Wilson).

  3. Edmund, 1895–1972, U.S. literary and social critic.

  4. Ellen Louise Axson, 1860–1914, U.S. First Lady 1913–14 (first wife of Woodrow Wilson).

  5. Harriet, 1825–1900, U.S. novelist: first African American woman to publish a novel.

  6. Henry Jeremiah Jones Colbath or Colbaith, 1812–75, U.S. politician: vice president of the United States. 1873–75.

  7. James, 1742–98, U.S. jurist, born in Scotland: associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court 1789–98.

  8. Sir (James) Harold, 1916–95, British statesman: prime minister 1964–70, 1974–76.

  9. John "Christopher North", 1785–1854, Scottish poet, journalist, and critic.

  10. Lanford [lan-ferd], /ˈlæn fərd/, 1937–2011, U.S. playwright.

  11. Robert W(oodrow), born 1936, U.S. radio astronomer: Nobel Prize in physics 1978.

  12. Sloan, 1920–2003, U.S. journalist and novelist.

  13. (Thomas) Woodrow, 1856–1924, 28th president of the U.S. 1913–21: Nobel Peace Prize 1919.

  14. Mount Wilson, a mountain in southwestern California, near Pasadena: observatory. 5,710 feet (1,740 meters).

  15. a city in eastern North Carolina.

  16. a male given name.

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British Dictionary definitions for Wilson


/ (ˈwɪlsən) /

  1. Alexander. 1766–1813, Scottish ornithologist in the US

  2. Sir Angus (Frank Johnstone). 1913–91, British writer, whose works include the collection of short stories The Wrong Set (1949) and the novels Anglo-Saxon Attitudes (1956) and No Laughing Matter (1967)

  1. Charles Thomson Rees. 1869–1959, Scottish physicist, who invented the cloud chamber: shared the Nobel prize for physics 1927

  2. Edmund. 1895–1972, US critic, noted esp for Axel's Castle (1931), a study of the symbolist movement

  3. (James) Harold, Baron Wilson of Rievaulx. 1916–95, British Labour statesman; prime minister (1964–70; 1974–76)

  4. Jacqueline . born 1945, British writer for older girls; her best-selling books include The Story of Tracey Beaker (1991), The Illustrated Mum (1998), and Girls in Tears (2002).

  5. Richard. 1714–82, Welsh landscape painter

  6. (Thomas) Woodrow (ˈwʊdrəʊ). 1856–1924, US Democratic statesman; 28th president of the US (1913–21). He led the US into World War I in 1917 and proposed the Fourteen Points (1918) as a basis for peace. Although he secured the formation of the League of Nations, the US Senate refused to support it: Nobel peace prize 1919

Derived forms of Wilson

  • Wilsonian (wɪlˈsəʊnɪən), adjective

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Scientific definitions for Wilson (1 of 2)


[ wĭlsən ]

See more at cloud chamber.
  1. British physicist noted for his research on atmospheric electricity. He developed the Wilson cloud chamber, a device that makes it possible to study and photograph the movement and interaction of electrically charged particles. He shared the 1927 Nobel Prize for physics with Arthur Compton.

Scientific definitions for Wilson (2 of 2)


  1. American zoologist who was one of the founders of modern genetics. He researched the function, structure, and organization of cells, emphasizing their importance as the building blocks of life. He also demonstrated the significance of chromosomes, especially sex chromosomes, in heredity.

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