newton

noun
new·​ton | \ˈnü-tᵊn, ˈnyü-\

Definition of newton 

(Entry 1 of 3)

: 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

Newton

biographical name
New·​ton | \ˈnü-tᵊn, ˈnyü-\

Definition of Newton (Entry 2 of 3)

Sir Isaac 1642–1727 English mathematician and physicist

Newton

geographical name
New·​ton | \ˈnü-tᵊn, ˈnyü-\

Definition of Newton (Entry 3 of 3)

city in eastern Massachusetts west of Boston population 85,146

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With these in place, the micro-drones can pull well above their 100-gram weight, exerting 40 newtons of force or enough to lift four kilograms (about eight pounds). James Vincent, The Verge, "Micro-drones with winches can open doors and lift 40 times their own weight," 24 Oct. 2018 The gray polymer shell, which partially conceals aircraft-grade aluminum, seems too skinny to support his weight; the ankle, too delicate for the 10,000 newtons of force it was built to withstand. Erik Sofge, Popular Mechanics, "Smart Bionic Limbs are Reengineering the Human," 28 May 2012 Collectively, these generate 22.8m newtons of thrust—about as much as eighteen 747 jetliners. The Economist, "Space flightThe biggest rocket in the world prepares for its maiden voyage," 18 Jan. 2018 But the lysozyme actually had a piezoelectric effect of up to 6.5 picocoulombs per newton. Emily Matchar, Smithsonian, "Your Tears Can Generate Electricity," 19 Oct. 2017 The average effect was around 2 picocoulombs per newton, similar to quartz. Emily Matchar, Smithsonian, "Your Tears Can Generate Electricity," 19 Oct. 2017 The prototype can detect forces as small as 160 femtonewtons, about 10 trillion times less than a newton, the standard measure of force. sandiegouniontribune.com, "Optical nanofiber can 'hear' bacteria swim, cancer cells move," 15 May 2017 An object weighing 3.6 ounces is subject to a force of one newton from gravity. sandiegouniontribune.com, "Optical nanofiber can 'hear' bacteria swim, cancer cells move," 15 May 2017 How many Newtons or Mozarts were born in the favelas and could never develop their skills? Jeffrey Marlow, WIRED, "Favela Students to Control Mars Mission," 6 Mar. 2015

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First Known Use of newton

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1904, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for newton

Noun

Sir Isaac Newton

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newton

noun
new·​ton | \ˈn(y)üt-ᵊn \

Medical Definition of newton 

: 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

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