newton

noun

new·​ton ˈnü-tᵊn How to pronounce newton (audio)
ˈnyü-
: the unit of force in the meter-kilogram-second system equal to the force required to impart an acceleration of one meter per second per second to a mass of one kilogram

Examples of newton in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That means in this case the impact force is 2.04 newtons. Rhett Allain, WIRED, 24 Nov. 2023 This puts the largest force during impact at 5.32 newtons. Rhett Allain, WIRED, 24 Nov. 2023 First, there is the downward-pulling gravitational force, which is equal to the mass of the boat and everything on it (m) times the gravitational field (g = 9.8 newtons per kilogram). WIRED, 28 July 2023 The company will offer two crate motors, the strongest generating just under 180 kilowatts (240 horsepower) and 460 newton-meters (340 pound-feet) of instant electric torque. IEEE Spectrum, 23 Oct. 2019 Both Fetch Plus models will sport Bosch’s BES3 smart systems, which includes the German company’s Cargo Line brand of 250W motor that puts out 80 newton-meters of torque and can hit a top speed of 20mph (25 km/h). Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, 16 Feb. 2023 The tiny, spinning silica ball can measure torque down to a quadrillionth of a newton-meter, or about 750 trillion pound-feet. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, 17 Feb. 2020 If the ball has a mass of 1 kilogram, the gravitational force would be 9.8 newtons. Rhett Allain, Wired, 5 Feb. 2020 The gravitational interaction is a constant force pointing toward the center of the planet, with a magnitude equal to your mass times the gravitational field (which is 9.8 newtons per kilogram on Earth). Wired, 6 Sep. 2019

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Word History

Etymology

Sir Isaac Newton

First Known Use

1904, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of newton was in 1904

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Cite this Entry

“Newton.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/newton. Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

newton

noun
new·​ton ˈn(y)üt-ᵊn How to pronounce newton (audio)
: the unit of force that is of such size that under its influence a body whose mass is one kilogram would experience an acceleration of one meter per second per second

Medical Definition

newton

noun
new·​ton ˈn(y)üt-ᵊn How to pronounce newton (audio)
: the unit of force in the metric system equal to the force required to impart an acceleration of one meter per second per second to a mass of one kilogram

Geographical Definition

Newton

geographical name

New·​ton ˈnü-tᵊn How to pronounce Newton (audio)
ˈnyü-
city in eastern Massachusetts west of Boston population 85,146

Biographical Definition

Newton

biographical name

New·​ton ˈnü-tᵊn How to pronounce Newton (audio)
ˈnyü-
Sir Isaac 1642–1727 English mathematician and physicist

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