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  4  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Cartesian  \Car*te"sian\,  n. 
  An  adherent  of  Descartes. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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. 
 
  The  Cartesion  argument  for  reality  of  matter.  --Sir  W. 
  Hamilton. 
 
  {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. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  Cartesian 
  adj  :  of  or  relating  to  Rene  Descartes  or  his  works  "Cartesian 
  linguistics"  [syn:  {Cartesian}] 
 
  From  THE  DEVIL'S  DICTIONARY  ((C)1911  Released  April  15  1993)  [devils]: 
 
  CARTESIAN,  adj  Relating  to  Descartes,  a  famous  philosopher,  author 
  of  the  celebrated  dictum,  _Cogito  ergo  sum_  --  whereby  he  was  pleased 
  to  suppose  he  demonstrated  the  reality  of  human  existence.  The  dictum 
  might  be  improved,  however,  thus:  _Cogito  cogito  ergo  cogito  sum_  -- 
  "I  think  that  I  think,  therefore  I  think  that  I  am;"  as  close  an 
  approach  to  certainty  as  any  philosopher  has  yet  made 
 
 




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