a frame of reference in which a body remains at rest or moves with constant linear velocity unless acted upon by forces: any frame of reference that moves with constant velocity relative to an inertial system is itself an inertial system.
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- inertial fusion,
- inertial guidance,
- inertial mass,
- inertial observer,
- inertial platform,
- inertial upper stage,
Compare law of motion.
Origin of inertial system
First recorded in 1950–55
Also called inertial reference frame.
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a frame of reference within which bodies are not accelerated unless acted upon by external forcesAlso called: inertial reference frame
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