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[hoo k]
  1. Robert,1635–1703, English philosopher, microscopist, and physicist.
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Historical Examples of hooke

  • An hooke to pull boughs to you is necessary, breake no boughes.

    A New Orchard And Garden

    William Lawson

  • Hooke had noticed, in 1664, that the star Gamma Arietis was double.

    The Story of the Heavens

    Robert Stawell Ball

  • Another had halfe a moneths minde to Ouid and his hooke nose.

  • Hooke asserted that he had a solution, but he would not produce it.

  • No sooner was the Principia put than Hooke put in his claims for priority.

British Dictionary definitions for hooke


  1. Robert. 1635–1703, English physicist, chemist, and inventor. He formulated Hooke's law (1678), built the first Gregorian telescope, and invented a balance spring for watches
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hooke in Science


  1. English physicist, inventor, and mathematician who contributed to many aspects of science. With Robert Boyle he demonstrated that both combustion and respiration require air and that sound does not travel in a vacuum. Hooke studied plants and other objects under microscopes and was the first to use the word cell to describe the patterns he observed. He also identified fossils as a record of changes among organisms on the planet throughout history.
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