classical mechanics

noun

plural in form but singular or plural in construction
physics
: a theory of matter that is based on Newtonian (see newtonian sense 2) mechanics and describes the behavior of particles in the absence of quantum effects compare quantum mechanics

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web This first volume takes us through the traditional pedagogic entry point of classical mechanics, into Newtonian physics with its various formulations, and on to Einstein’s relativistic dynamics. Andrew Crumey, WSJ, 6 Oct. 2022 Think for a moment about Sir Isaac Newton, the father of classical mechanics. Karim Nurani, Forbes, 3 Aug. 2022 First, most of the world is simply better understood through classical mechanics. Brian Albrecht, National Review, 4 Oct. 2021 In classical mechanics this type of calculation is easy: To model what happens when two billiard balls collide, just use the numbers specifying the momentum of each ball at the point of collision. Kevin Hartnett, Wired, 20 June 2021 In classical mechanics this type of calculation is easy: To model what happens when two billiard balls collide, just use the numbers specifying the momentum of each ball at the point of collision. Kevin Hartnett, Wired, 20 June 2021 In classical mechanics this type of calculation is easy: To model what happens when two billiard balls collide, just use the numbers specifying the momentum of each ball at the point of collision. Kevin Hartnett, Wired, 20 June 2021 In classical mechanics this type of calculation is easy: To model what happens when two billiard balls collide, just use the numbers specifying the momentum of each ball at the point of collision. Kevin Hartnett, Wired, 20 June 2021 In classical mechanics this type of calculation is easy: To model what happens when two billiard balls collide, just use the numbers specifying the momentum of each ball at the point of collision. Kevin Hartnett, Wired, 20 June 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1901, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of classical mechanics was in 1901

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“Classical mechanics.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/classical%20mechanics. Accessed 30 Nov. 2022.

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