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.
      ‘you won't have to be an Einstein to use it’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘But people often ask the question: do I have to be an Einstein to become a physicist?’
      • ‘Can't he write to the 90 percent, instead of the 10 percent Einsteins?’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘‘Peer’ review is very unlikely to be peer-review for the Einsteins of the world.’
      • ‘‘Millionaires,’ Brooks writes of his favorite kind of people, ‘are not exactly Einsteins.’’
      • ‘Now these same Einsteins are writing convert letters to the papers.’
      • ‘An academy to discover the Einsteins of tomorrow has opened its doors in Bolton.’
      • ‘What is going to happen to the Einsteins of today?’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘As Simon was fond of saying, there are potential new Einsteins, Mozarts, and Michelangelos being born every day in every country.’
      • ‘The resource centre also has a careers guidance section which provides information to aspiring 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.’
      • ‘They are nobodies who make that snobby clique from high school look like 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.’
      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

/ˈīnˌstīn/