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## cartesian |

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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