Definition of Einstein, Albert in US English:

Einstein, Albert

proper noun

  • 1(1879–1955), US theoretical physicist; born in Germany; founder of the special and general theories of relativity. Often regarded as the greatest scientist of the 20th century, he was influential in the decision to build an atomic bomb. After World War II, however, he spoke out against nuclear weapons.

    1. 1.1as noun an Einstein A genius.
      • ‘What is going to happen to the Einsteins of today?’
      • ‘As Simon was fond of saying, there are potential new Einsteins, Mozarts, and Michelangelos being born every day in every country.’
      • ‘An academy to discover the Einsteins of tomorrow has opened its doors in Bolton.’
      • ‘But people often ask the question: do I have to be an Einstein to become a physicist?’
      • ‘‘Millionaires,’ Brooks writes of his favorite kind of people, ‘are not exactly Einsteins.’’
      • ‘Now these same Einsteins are writing convert letters to the papers.’
      • ‘The politically correct explanation for the dearth of female Newtons and Einsteins is that female geniuses have been ‘oppressed’ by the usual conspiracy of white males, and by the very institution of civilization itself.’
      • ‘And, over the years, culinary Einsteins have come up with a whole range of off-the-wall food substitutes and techniques to tart up dishes so nobody's any the wiser.’
      • ‘A highly learned and well-read man, he was one of those eccentric geniuses, the cracked Einsteins, who come across as being totally and utterly insane.’
      • ‘This is the nurture we want for our seedling Einsteins.’
      • ‘Dachshunds are not known as the Einsteins of the dog world.’
      • ‘They are nobodies who make that snobby clique from high school look like Einsteins.’
      • ‘The obsession with boosting students' employability - often at the expense of their intellectual development - clearly doesn't bode well for the creation of future academics, poets, historians or Einsteins.’
      • ‘We don't need a lot of Einsteins to do this; we need a lot of engineers working diligently to make little improvements and then test them out in the marketplace.’
      • ‘‘Peer’ review is very unlikely to be peer-review for the Einsteins of the world.’
      • ‘Can't he write to the 90 percent, instead of the 10 percent Einsteins?’
      • ‘And while your family may not emerge as would-be Einsteins, you should come away knowing a thing or two more about basic principles of science.’
      • ‘The resource centre also has a careers guidance section which provides information to aspiring Einsteins.’
      intelligent person, learned person, highbrow, academic, bookworm, bookish person, man of letters, woman of letters, bluestocking, thinker, brain, scholar, sage
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Einstein, Albert