Associations to the word «Rutherford»


RUTHERFORD, noun. An obsolete unit of radioactivity (symbol: rd), defined as the activity of a quantity of radioactive material in which one million nuclei decay per second.
RUTHERFORD, proper noun. A Scottish habitational surname​ from a place where there was once a settlement in the Scottish borders.

Dictionary definition

RUTHERFORD, noun. A unit strength of a radioactive source equal to one million disintegrations per second.
RUTHERFORD, noun. British chemist who isolated nitrogen (1749-1819).
RUTHERFORD, noun. British physicist (born in New Zealand) who discovered the atomic nucleus and proposed a nuclear model of the atom (1871-1937).

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