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Thom·son

 (tŏm′sən), James 1700-1748.
Scottish-born British poet whose works, most notably The Seasons (1726-1730) and The Castle of Indolence (1748), presaged romanticism.

Thomson

, Sir Joseph John Known as "J.J." 1856-1940.
British physicist who discovered the electron. He won a 1906 Nobel Prize for his investigations on the electrical conductivity of gases.

Thomson

, Virgil Garnett 1896-1989.
American composer and music critic. His works include the opera Four Saints in Three Acts (1934), with a libretto by Gertrude Stein.

Thomson

(ˈtɒmsən)
n
1. (Biography) Sir George Paget, son of Joseph John Thomson. 1892–1975, British physicist, who discovered (1927) the diffraction of electrons by crystals: shared the Nobel prize for physics 1937
2. (Biography) James. 1700–48, Scottish poet. He anticipated the romantics' feeling for nature in The Seasons (1726–30)
3. (Biography) James, pen name B.V. 1834–82, British poet, born in Scotland, noted esp for The City of Dreadful Night (1874), reflecting man's isolation and despair
4. (Biography) Sir Joseph John. 1856–1940, British physicist. He discovered the electron (1897) and his work on the nature of positive rays led to the discovery of isotopes: Nobel prize for physics 1906
5. (Biography) Roy, 1st Baron Thomson of Fleet. 1894–1976, British newspaper proprietor, born in Canada
6. (Biography) Virgil. 1896–1989, US composer, music critic, and conductor, whose works include two operas, Four Saints in Three Acts (1928) and The Mother of Us All (1947), piano sonatas, a cello concerto, songs, and film music
7. (Biography) Sir William. See (1st Baron) Kelvin

Thom•son

(ˈtɒm sən)

n.
1. Sir George Paget, 1892–1975, English physicist (son of Sir Joseph John).
2. James, 1700–48, English poet, born in Scotland.
3. James ( “B.V.” ), 1834–82, English poet.
4. John Arthur, 1861–1933, Scottish scientist and author.
5. Sir Joseph John, 1856–1940, English physicist.
6. Virgil, 1896–1989, U.S. composer and music critic.
7. Sir William, Kelvin, 1st Baron.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Thomson - United States composer who collaborated with Gertrude Stein (1896-1989)Thomson - United States composer who collaborated with Gertrude Stein (1896-1989)
2.Thomson - United States electrical engineer (born in England) who in 1892 formed a company with Thomas Edison (1853-1937)
3.Thomson - English physicist (son of Joseph John Thomson) who was a co-discoverer of the diffraction of electrons by crystals (1892-1975)
4.Thomson - English physicist who experimented with the conduction of electricity through gases and who discovered the electron and determined its charge and mass (1856-1940)
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The man who talks French so well," Lady Anselman told him, dropping her voice a little, "is Surgeon-Major Thomson.
Ronnie," she said, "I don't know whether you have met Surgeon-Major Thomson in France?
I may not have met you personally," Granet admitted, "but if you are the Surgeon-Major Thomson who has been doing such great things with the Field Hospitals at the front, then like nearly every poor crock out there I owe you a peculiar debt of gratitude.
Major Thomson bowed, and a moment later they all made their way along the corridor, across the restaurant, searched for their names on the cards and took their places at the table which had been reserved for them.
Cunningham, the woman whom her hostess had referred to as being her particular friend, and one who shared her passion for entertaining, chatted fitfully to her neighbour, Major Thomson.
She leaned towards her neighbour on the other side and Major Thomson was able to resume the role of attentive observer, a role which seemed somehow his by destiny.
Thomson were to come out, we might find that we had burned our fingers.
Its genuine though imperfect appreciation and description of Nature as she appears on the broad sweeps of the Scottish moors, combined with its novelty, gave it great success, and Thomson went on to write also of Summer, Spring and Autumn, publishing the whole work as 'The Seasons' in 1730.
Indeed, the attempt to write several thousand lines of pure descriptive poetry was in itself ill-judged, since as the German critic Lessing later pointed out, poetry is the natural medium not for description but for narration; and Thomson himself virtually admitted this in part by resorting to long dedications and narrative episodes to fill out his scheme.
There is marked progress in romantic feeling and power of expression as we pass from Thomson to his disciple, the frail lyric poet, William Collins.
Thomson Financial (Boston, MA), a unit of Thomson Corp.
In the late 1860s, the Glasgow architect Alexander Thomson submitted to the city authorities a revolutionary proposal for improved workers' housing.