Main definitions of Maxwellian in English

: Maxwellian1Maxwellian2

Maxwellian1

(also maxwellian)

adjective

Physics
  • Of, relating to, or derived by the physicist James Clerk Maxwell; in accordance with or obeying Maxwell's law, equations, or distribution.

Origin

Late 19th century; earliest use found in The Electrician. From the name of James Clerk Maxwell + -ian.

Pronunciation

Maxwellian

/maksˈwɛlɪən/

Main definitions of Maxwellian in English

: Maxwellian1Maxwellian2

Maxwellian2

adjective

  • Of, relating to, or regarded as characteristic of Robert Maxwell, especially in relation to his misuse of employees' pension funds for business deals.

Origin

1980s; earliest use found in Time. From the name of Ian Robert Maxwell (born Jan Ludvik Hoch), Czechoslovakian-born British publisher + -ian.

Pronunciation

Maxwellian

/maksˈwɛlɪən/