Definition of Newtonian in English:



  • 1Relating to or arising from the work of Sir Isaac Newton.

    • ‘In the Einsteinian world there is more individualism and less government than in the Newtonian.’
    • ‘Although we can know the everyday world in its Newtonian clarity, we can only know the quantum world if we are prepared to accept it in its Heisenbergian uncertainty.’
    • ‘The remarkable insight of Einstein was to discard the Newtonian notion of absolute time and view simultaneity in purely operational terms.’
    • ‘They lectured on the tenets of the Newtonian system and valiantly defended contentious issues of Newtonian natural philosophy against attacks from critics.’
    • ‘So the 20th century brought two major refinements of the old Newtonian picture: quantum mechanics and relativity.’
    1. 1.1 Formulated or behaving according to the principles of classical physics.
      • ‘The classic Newtonian view of gravity as a simple force between objects was overthrown by Einstein's vision of gravity as the result of objects warping space and time.’
      • ‘But that's true of billiard balls and we don't resort to quantum physics to explain the Newtonian behaviour or lots of other stuff.’
      • ‘According to Newtonian gravity, light is not affected by gravity, as light is massless.’
      • ‘In the modern Tychonian system, Keplerian and Newtonian principles are maintained, as in the heliocentric theory.’
      • ‘Field's formulation of Newtonian gravitational theory postulates, and has variables ranging over, space-time points and space-time regions.’