the derived SI unit of pressure; the pressure exerted on an area of 1 square metre by a force of 1 newton; equivalent to 10 dynes per square centimetre or 1.45 × 10 –4 pound per square inchSymbol: Pa

Word Origin for pascal

C20: named after Blaise Pascal

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Blaise (blɛz). 1623–62, French philosopher, mathematician, and physicist. As a scientist, he made important contributions to hydraulics and the study of atmospheric pressure and, with Fermat, developed the theory of probability. His chief philosophical works are Lettres provinciales (1656–57), written in defence of Jansenism and against the Jesuits, and Pensées (1670), fragments of a Christian apologia

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a high-level computer programming language developed as a teaching language: used for general-purpose programming

French mathematician, physicist, and philosopher who, with Pierre de Fermat, developed the mathematical theory of probability. He also contributed to the development of differential calculus, and he invented the mechanical calculator and the syringe. The pascal unit of pressure is named after him.

pascal

[pă-skăl′, pä-skäl′]

The SI derived unit used to measure pressure. One pascal is equal to one newton per square meter.