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).

Origin of classical mechanics

First recorded in 1930–35
Also called Newtonian mechanics.

Definition for newtonian mechanics (2 of 2)

Newtonian mechanics

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British Dictionary definitions for newtonian mechanics

Newtonian mechanics


(functioning as singular) a system of mechanics based on Newton's laws of motion
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