• Benjamin Franklin
    Benjamin Franklin
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n franklin a landowner (14th and 15th centuries) who was free but not of noble birth
    • n Franklin printer whose success as an author led him to take up politics; he helped draw up the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution; he played a major role in the American Revolution and negotiated French support for the colonists; as a scientist he is remembered particularly for his research in electricity (1706-1790)
    • n Franklin United States historian noted for studies of Black American history (born in 1915)
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Franklin's press Franklin's press
Franklin's Journey from New York to Philadelphia Franklin's Journey from New York to Philadelphia
Franklin in the Streets of Philadelphia Franklin in the Streets of Philadelphia
Franklin Experimenting with Electricity Franklin Experimenting with Electricity
Lafayette Offering His Services to Franklin Lafayette Offering His Services to Franklin

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The first president to ride in an airplane was Franklin Roosevelt
    • n Franklin An English freeholder, or substantial householder. "The franklin , a small landholder of those days."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Benjamin Franklin invented the rocking chair.
    • n franklin A freeman.
    • n franklin Formerly, in England, a freeholder; a yeoman; originally, a person distinguished from the common freeholder by the extent of his possessions, and by his eligibility to the dignities of sheriff, knight of the shire, etc.; in later times, a small landholder.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Dentyne gum was invented in 1899 by a druggist from New York named Franklin V. Canning
    • n Franklin frangk′lin an old English freeholder, free from feudal servitude to a subject-superior.
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  • David H Comins
    David H Comins
    “People will accept your ideas much more readily if you tell them Benjamin Franklin said it first.”
  • Winston Churchill
    “Meeting Franklin Roosevelt was like opening your first bottle of champagne; knowing him was like drinking it.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. frankelein,; cf. LL. franchilanus,. See Frank (a.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Low L. francus, frank.


In literature:

The man said his name was John Franklin.
"The Rover Boys in the Land of Luck" by Edward Stratemeyer
Partly, also, this opinion is owing to the personal character and personal position of Franklin.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 15, No. 91, May, 1865" by Various
Burnside has at last been removed; and Franklin and Sumner have resigned.
"A Rebel War Clerk's Diary at the Confederate States Capital" by John Beauchamp Jones
What was the character of the Franklin and Holston settlers?
"Hero Stories from American History" by Albert F. Blaisdell
It is when one compares it with similar work of Franklin's, as "The Whistle," for example, that one is reminded of its inartistic form.
"Noah Webster" by Horace E. Scudder
Dr. Franklin, Mr. Samuel and John Adams, were severally spoken of as the supposed author.
"The Writings Of Thomas Paine, Complete" by Thomas Paine
Soon after this, the brigade train was ordered to move out on the road leading to Franklin, with a guard of one company.
"History of the Seventh Ohio Volunteer Cavalry" by R. C. Rankin
Franklin, the leader of the third division, temporarily the second section of Tom's column, allowed himself the luxury of a sullen smile.
"Bring Me His Ears" by Clarence E. Mulford
General Franklin's corps is embarking already.
"Diary of Battery A, First Regiment Rhode Island Light Artillery" by Theodore Reichardt
It is two hundred years since Benjamin Franklin was born.
"The Scrap Book, Volume 1, No. 1" by Various

In poetry:

(Franklin in the Arctic,
Gunboats at Rangoon,
Calliope at Apia
Fighting the Typhoon) —
"The Queen's Ships" by Cicely Fox Smith
When last I saw her, full of peace,
She waited for her great release;
And that old friend so sage and bland,
Our later Franklin, held her hand.
"The Singer" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Amid the lofty group sedate, I see
Great Franklin muse where Truth had locked her stores,
Holding within his steady hand the key
That opened many doors.
"Arms And The Man - Heroes And Statesmen" by James Barron Hope
The old was ripening for the sky,
The young was twenty-four.
The Franklin's daughter passed him by,
Reading a painted missal-book,
Beside the chapel door.
"The Young Friar" by Alfred Noyes
And empty stood his chapel stall,
Empty his thin grey cell,
Empty her seat in the Franklin's hall;
And there were swords that searched for them
Before the matin bell.
"The Young Friar" by Alfred Noyes
With brown cassock and sandalled feet,
And red Spring wine for blood;
The very next noon he chanced to meet
The Franklin's daughter, in a green May twilight,
Walking through the wood.
"The Young Friar" by Alfred Noyes

In news:

In this July 12, 2002 file photo, attorney Christopher T Cicero listens during a trial in Franklin County Common Pleas Court in Columbus, Ohio.
197 Franklin St, Auburn, NY, NY, 13021, United States.
Outside the chalk-white tent, the whistle of traffic along the Franklin D Roosevelt Drive signals the forward movement of a city.
She was born Jan 1, 1920 in Wyandotte to Franklin and Ida Mae Copp.
She married James Franklin Beck on April 29, 1942 and they had five children.
Mariners' Franklin Gutierrez set to return to center field .
Now that the Seattle Mariners know Franklin Gutierrez won't be their opening day center field er, they must answer one question: Who is.
Sarah checks in at mile marker 20 in Lake Montebello, where Franklin Square Hospital mans a medical booth.
The Franklin County Public Defender's office recently announced the promotion of David J Hayes Esq.
River Road, Franklin Park 847-678-0895.
Michael Phelps on Tyler Clary 's apology and Missy Franklin.
139 Franklin St, 6th fl.
You can't see if from the ground, but when you go inside a Franklin Township shopping center, you're now under a 121,715 square foot area of solar panels.
Ramapo High School in Franklin Lakes held its 2012 commencement ceremony yesterday.
Ramapo High School in Franklin Lakes held its 2012 commencement ceremony .

In science:

The connection between the TOT conductivity and quantum Franklin’s Bell paradigm is discussed.
Broken Symmetry and Coherence of Molecular Vibrations in Tunnel Transitions
In Section 6 we give an alternative definition using truth-table reducibility in the spirit of Franklin and Stephan.
Van Lambalgen's Theorem for uniformly relative Schnorr and computable randomness
Truth-table Schnorr randomness was first defined by Franklin and Stephan as follows using a truth-table relativized martingale test.
Van Lambalgen's Theorem for uniformly relative Schnorr and computable randomness
Definition 6.1 (Franklin and Stephan ). A set A is truth-table Schnorr relative to B if there is no martingale d whose code is truth-table reducible to A, and no function f : N → N truth-table reducible to B such that ∃∞n [d(A (cid:22) f (n)) ≥ n].
Van Lambalgen's Theorem for uniformly relative Schnorr and computable randomness
ReferencesFuturICT 62. Franklin M.J. et al.:, Crowd DB: answering queries with crowdsourcing, In Proceedings of the 2011 international conference on Management of data (SIGMOD ’11). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 61-72 (2011).