- 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
The Cartesion argument for reality of
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.
Sir W. Hamilton.
Car*te"sian, n. An adherent of
- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
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