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From physics +‎ -ist. Coined by English polymath William Whewell in 1840 in his book The philosophy of the inductive sciences.


  • IPA(key): /ˈfɪz.ɪ.sɪst/
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physicist (plural physicists)

  1. A person whose occupation specializes in the science of physics, especially at a professional level.
    • 1961 February, R. K. Evans, “The role of research on British Railways”, in Trains Illustrated, page 95:
      Physicists find themselves called in to deal with such varied problems as the reduction of noise in diesel railcars, investigation of the Hertzian stresses set up by wheel-rail contact and improvement of the insulation of fish and banana vans.
  2. (archaic) A believer in the theory that the fundamental phenomena of life are to be explained upon purely chemical and physical principles (opposed to vitalist).

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