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corpuscular theory

noun Physics.
  1. the theory that light is transmitted as a stream of particles.
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Compare wave theory.

Origin of corpuscular theory

First recorded in 1825–35
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British Dictionary definitions for corpuscular theory

corpuscular theory

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