Wernerian

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Wernerian Of or pertaining to A. G. Werner, The German mineralogist and geologist, who classified minerals according to their external characters, and advocated the theory that the strata of the earth's crust were formed by depositions from water; designating, or according to, Werner's system.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • wernerian Partaking of or in conformity with the views of Abraham Gottlob Werner (1750–1817), a German geologist, professor in the mining-school of Freiberg, Saxony, who had much influence on the development, of geology at the time when this branch of science began to be seriously studied. He was the principal expounder of the so-called Neptunian theory of the earth's formation, according to which the earth was originally covered by a chaotic ocean which held the materials of all the rocks in solution, and from which ocean the various formations were precipitated one after another.
    • n wernerian In geology, an advocate of the Wernerian theory.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Wernerian wėr-nē′ri-an pertaining or according to the opinions or system of A. G. Werner, a German mineralogist and geologist (1750-1817), who classified minerals according to their external characters, and advocated that all geological phenomena are due to the action of water
    • n Wernerian an upholder of this theory
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Usage

In literature:

Attends meetings of the Plinian Royal Medical and Wernerian societies.
"The Life and Letters of Charles Darwin, Volume II (of II)" by Charles Darwin
Mr. Lizars joined me, and we all entered the room of the Wernerian Society of Edinburgh!
"Audubon and his Journals, Volume I (of 2)" by Maria R. Audubon
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