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