Definition of inverse square law in English:

inverse square law


  • A law stating that the intensity of an effect such as illumination or gravitational force changes in inverse proportion to the square of the distance from the source.

    • ‘Electromagnetism has a classical inverse square law (like Newton's classical law of gravitational attraction), and infinite range.’
    • ‘Hooke replied to Newton that his own theory involved an inverse square law for gravitational attraction.’
    • ‘The law that Newton discovered was the inverse square law of gravitation - a simple law, but one with great mathematical beauty.’
    • ‘He demonstrated an inverse square law for such forces and went on to examine perfect conductors and dielectrics.’
    • ‘Airy, the Astronomer Royal, believed in another popular theory, namely that the inverse square law of gravitation began to break down over large distances.’