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  • of or pertaining to Descartes, his mathematical methods, or his philosophy, especially with regard to its emphasis on logical analysis and its mechanistic interpretation of physical nature.
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia



CARTESIAN, adj. Relating to Descartes, a famous philosopher, author
of the celebrated dictum, Cogito ergo sum -- whereby he was pleased
to suppose he demonstrated the reality of human existence. The dictum
might be improved, however, thus: Cogito cogito ergo cogito sum --
"I think that I think, therefore I think that I am;" as close an
approach to certainty as any philosopher has yet made.
- 1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue



Car*te"sian (?), a. [From Renatus Cartesius, Latinized from of René Descartes: cf. F. cartésien.] Of or pertaining to the French philosopher René Descartes, or his philosophy.

The Cartesion argument for reality of matter.
Sir W. Hamilton.

Cartesian coördinates(Geom), distance of a point from lines or planes; -- used in a system of representing geometric quantities, invented by Descartes. -- Cartesian devil, a small hollow glass figure, used in connection with a jar of water having an elastic top, to illustrate the effect of the compression or expansion of air in changing the specific gravity of bodies. -- Cartesion oval(Geom.), a curve such that, for any point of the curve mr + m′r′ = c, where r and r′ are the distances of the point from the two foci and m, m′ and c are constant; -- used by Descartes.

Car*te"sian, n. An adherent of Descartes.

- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)



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