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corpuscular theory

noun, Physics.
the theory that light is transmitted as a stream of particles.
Compare wave theory.
Origin of corpuscular theory
First recorded in 1825-35 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for corpuscular theory
Historical Examples
  • The corpuscular theory, which the famous Newton advocated, is long since abandoned.

    Quiet Talks on Power S.D. Gordon
  • I refer to the effect of an atomic and gravitative Aether upon Newton's corpuscular theory of light.

    Aether and Gravitation

    William George Hooper
  • When we apply the corpuscular theory to the reflection of light we find that it satisfactorily accounts for the phenomenon.

    Aether and Gravitation

    William George Hooper
  • We have up to the present dealt with only two theories of light, the corpuscular theory and the Undulatory or Wave theory.

    Aether and Gravitation

    William George Hooper
  • In the corpuscular theory we have luminous particles emitted by luminous bodies.

    Aether and Gravitation

    William George Hooper
  • Or can this adjective be applied to Newton's corpuscular theory of light, even though it has failed to explain all the facts?

    Logic Carveth Read
  • This corpuscular theory of matter may throw light on the laws of chemical combination.

  • Sir Isaac Newton's corpuscular theory "explained all the phenomena of light, except one," and he actually assumed, for it "fits."

  • Herschel accepted, as did all his cotemporaries, the Newtonian or corpuscular theory of light.

British Dictionary definitions for corpuscular theory

corpuscular theory

the theory, originally proposed by Newton, and revived with the development of the quantum theory, that light consists of a stream of particles Compare photon, wave theory
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