inertial system


noun Physics.

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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Origin of inertial system

First recorded in 1950–55
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British Dictionary definitions for inertial system

inertial system

noun

a frame of reference within which bodies are not accelerated unless acted upon by external forcesAlso called: inertial reference frame
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