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triton 1

Line breaks: tri¦ton
Pronunciation: /ˈtrʌɪt(ə)n/

noun

A large mollusc which has a tall spiral shell with a large aperture, living in tropical and subtropical seas.
  • Genus Charonia, family Cymatiidae, class Gastropoda, in particular C. tritonis, which is used as a trumpet shell
Example sentences
  • When he eventually bobbed back up at the surface, we swam over to join him and to admire his catch - a huge triton shell.
  • 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.

Origin

Late 18th century: from Triton.

Words that rhyme with triton

Blyton, brighten, Brighton, Crichton, enlighten, frighten, heighten, lighten, righten, tighten, titan, whiten

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triton 2 Line breaks: tri¦ton
Pronunciation: /ˈtrʌɪt(ə)n/

noun

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

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Triton 3 Line breaks: Tri¦ton
Pronunciation: /ˈtrʌɪt(ə)n/
1 Greek Mythology A minor sea god usually represented as a man with a fish’s tail and carrying a trident and shell-trumpet.
2 Astronomy 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).

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