Car·​te·​sian kär-ˈtē-zhən How to pronounce Cartesian (audio)
: of or relating to René Descartes or his philosophy
Cartesian noun
Cartesianism noun

Examples of Cartesian in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Stretch performs Cartesian motions to move its gripper to a body-relative position using a good motion heuristic, which is to extend the arm as the last step. Evan Ackerman, IEEE Spectrum, 14 July 2020 The urban plan follows the Cartesian shape of an airplane. Clarissa Tossin, Los Angeles Times, 17 May 2023 The output of this process is then used as input to drive the end-pose of the robotic hands relative to the human hand movements, through a whole-body inverse kinematics process in the Cartesian space. Evan Ackerman, IEEE Spectrum, 31 Aug. 2018

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Word History


New Latin cartesianus, from Cartesius Descartes

First Known Use

1656, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Cartesian was in 1656

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“Cartesian.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

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