the mass of a body as measured when the body is at rest relative to an observer, an inherent property of the body.
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Compare relativistic mass.
Origin of rest mass
First recorded in 1910–15
Words nearby rest mass
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British Dictionary definitions for rest mass
the mass of an object that is at rest relative to an observer. It is the mass used in Newtonian mechanics
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Medical definitions for rest mass
The physical mass of a body when it is regarded as being at rest.
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Scientific definitions for rest mass
In Special and General Relativity, the observed mass of a body that is not in motion with respect to the observer. Also called invariant mass Compare relativistic mass.
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