moment of inertia

noun phrase

Definition of moment of inertia

: a measure of the resistance of a body to angular acceleration about a given axis that is equal to the sum of the products of each element of mass in the body and the square of the element's distance from the axis

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1830, in the meaning defined above

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“Moment of inertia.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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