classical mechanics

noun Physics.

the branch of mechanics that is based on Newton's laws of motion and that is applicable to systems that are so large that Planck's constant can be regarded as negligibly small (distinguished from quantum mechanics).

Nearby words

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Origin of classical mechanics

First recorded in 1930–35

Also called Newtonian mechanics. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019