Main definitions of triton in English

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triton1

noun

  • A large mollusc which has a tall spiral shell with a large aperture, living in tropical and subtropical seas.

    • ‘Various environmental factors have favoured this population explosion, but one of the main causes is the popularity among collectors of the triton's shell.’
    • ‘All were available in plain or patinated brass or copper, and they included a variety of shells, such as Philippine, chiton, limpet, melon, triton, sea conch, and nautilus.’
    • ‘When he eventually bobbed back up at the surface, we swam over to join him and to admire his catch - a huge triton shell.’

Origin

Late 18th century: from Triton.

Pronunciation:

triton

/ˈtrʌɪt(ə)n/

Main definitions of triton in English

: triton1triton2

triton2

noun

  • A nucleus of a tritium atom, consisting of a proton and two neutrons.

    • ‘Protons, deuterons, and tritons would begin fusing with each other, releasing more energy, and initiating other fusion reactions among other hydrogen isotopes.’
    • ‘The raw spectra of protons, deuterons, tritons and alpha particles were fitted with a three moving source prescription.’
    • ‘Recent experimental data have shown that the same model systematically overpredicts the deuteron and triton yields observed at higher excitation energies up to 405 MeV.’

Origin

1940s: from tritium + -on.

Pronunciation:

triton

/ˈtrʌɪt(ə)n/

Main definitions of triton in English

: triton1triton2

Triton

proper noun

  • 1Greek Mythology
    A minor sea god usually represented as a man with a fish's tail and carrying a trident and shell-trumpet.

  • 2Astronomy
    The largest satellite of Neptune, the seventh closest to the planet and having a retrograde orbit and a thin nitrogen atmosphere, discovered in 1846 (diameter 2,700 km).

Pronunciation:

Triton

/ˈtrʌɪt(ə)n/