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Definition of Newtonian

  NEWTONIAN   adjective
Pertaining to a philosophy of the universe invented by Newton, who discovered that an apple will fall to the ground, but was unable to say why.  His successors and disciples have advanced so far as to be able to say when.

Devil's Dictionarydefinition from:
The Devil's Dictionary
by Ambrose Bierce, 1911

Regular definition:
nju:?t?unj?n adj. of or devised by Isaac Newton (see NEWTON). °Newtonian mechanics the system of mechanics which relies on Newton's laws of motion concerning the relations between forces acting and motions occurring. Newtonian telescope a reflecting telescope with a small secondary mirror at 45█ to the main beam of light to reflect it into a magnifying eyepiece.

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