absolute space


absolute space
The Newtonian concept of an unchanging and unchangeable reference system of spatial (and temporal) coordinates that is the same for all observers

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  • Absolute space — Absolute Ab so*lute, a. [L. absolutus, p. p. of absolvere: cf. F. absolu. See {Absolve}.] 1. Loosed from any limitation or condition; uncontrolled; unrestricted; unconditional; as, absolute authority, monarchy, sovereignty, an absolute promise or …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Absolute space — Space Space (sp[=a]s), n. [OE. space, F. espace, from L. spatium space; cf. Gr. spa^n to draw, to tear; perh. akin to E. span. Cf. {Expatiate}.] 1. Extension, considered independently of anything which it may contain; that which makes extended… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • absolute space — absoliučioji erdvė statusas T sritis fizika atitikmenys: angl. absolute space vok. absoluter Raum, m rus. абсолютное пространство, n pranc. espace absolu, m …   Fizikos terminų žodynas

  • absolute space — noun physical space independent of what occupies it • Hypernyms: ↑space, ↑infinite * * * noun : space independent of what occupies it : the space in which positions are finally determined * * * Physics. space that is not affected by what occupies …   Useful english dictionary

  • absolute space — noun Date: 1710 space 4b …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • absolute space — Physics. space that is not affected by what occupies it or occurs within it and that provides a standard for distinguishing inertial systems from other frames of reference. [1885 90] * * * …   Universalium

  • absolute space-time — noun The Newtonian concept of an unchanging and unchangeable reference system of time and spatial coordinates that is the same for all observers Syn: absolute time …   Wiktionary

  • Space — • The idea of space is one of the most important in the philosophy of the material world; for centuries it has preoccupied and puzzled philosophers and psychologists Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Space     Space …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • Absolute — Ab so*lute, a. [L. absolutus, p. p. of absolvere: cf. F. absolu. See {Absolve}.] 1. Loosed from any limitation or condition; uncontrolled; unrestricted; unconditional; as, absolute authority, monarchy, sovereignty, an absolute promise or command; …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Absolute curvature — Absolute Ab so*lute, a. [L. absolutus, p. p. of absolvere: cf. F. absolu. See {Absolve}.] 1. Loosed from any limitation or condition; uncontrolled; unrestricted; unconditional; as, absolute authority, monarchy, sovereignty, an absolute promise or …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English