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Cartesian Car*te"sian, a. [From Renatus Cartesius, Latinized from of Ren['e] Descartes: cf. F. cart['e]sien.] Of or pertaining to the French philosopher Ren['e] Descartes, or his philosophy. [1913 Webster]

The Cartesion argument for reality of matter. --Sir W. Hamilton. [1913 Webster]

{Cartesian co["o]rdinates} (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. [1913 Webster]


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  • Cartesian — Car*te sian, a. [From Renatus Cartesius, Latinized from of Ren[ e] Descartes: cf. F. cart[ e]sien.] Of or pertaining to the French philosopher Ren[ e] Descartes, or his philosophy. [1913 Webster] The Cartesion argument for reality of matter. Sir… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Cartesian coordinates — Cartesian Car*te sian, a. [From Renatus Cartesius, Latinized from of Ren[ e] Descartes: cf. F. cart[ e]sien.] Of or pertaining to the French philosopher Ren[ e] Descartes, or his philosophy. [1913 Webster] The Cartesion argument for reality of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Cartesian devil — Cartesian Car*te sian, a. [From Renatus Cartesius, Latinized from of Ren[ e] Descartes: cf. F. cart[ e]sien.] Of or pertaining to the French philosopher Ren[ e] Descartes, or his philosophy. [1913 Webster] The Cartesion argument for reality of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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