Method of indivisibles
Indivisible In`di*vis"i*ble, n. 1. That which is indivisible. [1913 Webster]

By atom, nobody will imagine we intend to express a perfect indivisible, but only the least sort of natural bodies. --Digby. [1913 Webster]

2. (Geom.) An infinitely small quantity which is assumed to admit of no further division. [1913 Webster]

{Method of indivisibles}, a kind of calculus, formerly in use, in which lines were considered as made up of an infinite number of points; surfaces, as made up of an infinite number of lines; and volumes, as made up of an infinite number of surfaces. [1913 Webster]


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