Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.


 (hī′gənz, hoi′gĕns), Christiaan 1629-1695.
Dutch physicist and astronomer who was the first to examine Saturn's rings (1655), pioneered the use of pendulums in clocks (1657), and formulated Huygens' principle.
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.


(ˈhaɪɡənz; Dutch ˈhœixəns)
(Biography) Christiaan (ˈkristiːˌaːn). 1629–95, Dutch physicist: first formulated the wave theory of light
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014


or Huy•ghens

(ˈhaɪ gənz, ˈhɔɪ-)

Christian, 1629–95, Dutch mathematician, physicist, and astronomer.
Random House Kernerman Webster's College Dictionary, © 2010 K Dictionaries Ltd. Copyright 2005, 1997, 1991 by Random House, Inc. All rights reserved.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Huygens - Dutch physicist who first formulated the wave theory of light (1629-1695)
Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.
References in periodicals archive ?
Europe's Huygens probe will touch down on Titan next January.
It carries the European Space Agency's Huygens probe which is due to parachute down into the atmosphere of Saturn's moon Titan.
1655: Titan, Saturn's largest moon, was discovered by Dutch astronomer Christian Huygens. 1807: The Slave Trade Act became law.
A 17th century astronomer, Christiaan Huygens, provided the inspiration for the new lens technology.
The stellar nursery that produced the Trapezium stars is the Huygens region, the brightest, densest part of M42.
Although there were no humans aboard the spacecraft, Cassini was carrying a "passenger." This passenger was named Huygens, and it was a European probe.
To get a better glimpse of Titan, the European Space Agency designed the Huygens probe, which the Cassini spacecraft carried until it detached and descended into Titan's atmosphere in 2005.
A high point of the mission came in January 2005 when a small European Space Agency lander called Huygens detached from Cassini and descended to the surface of Saturn's largest moon Titan.
The firm said that it has hired Yannick Huygens as head of Corporate Banking in Belgium.
Therefore, based on Huygens PSF, which is more accurate than Fast Fourier Transform (FFT) PSF, a modified simulation method for SRF and spectral bandwidth is suggested.