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Boyle's law

noun, Thermodynamics
1.
the principle that, for relatively low pressures, the pressure of an ideal gas kept at constant temperature varies inversely with the volume of the gas.
Also called Mariotte's law.
Compare Gay-Lussac's law.
Origin
named after R. Boyle
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Boyle's law

noun
1.
the principle that the pressure of a gas varies inversely with its volume at constant temperature
Word Origin
C18: named after Robert Boyle
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Boyle's law

named for Irish-born chemist and physicist Robert Boyle (1627-1691), who first published it in 1662.

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boyle law in Medicine

Boyle's law (boilz)
n.
The principle that at a constant temperature the volume of a confined ideal gas varies inversely with its pressure.

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boyle law in Science
Boyle's law
  (boilz)   
The principle that the volume of a given mass of an ideal gas is inversely proportional to its pressure, as long as temperature remains constant. Boyle's law is a subcase of the ideal gas law. Compare Charles's law.
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Encyclopedia Article for boyle law

Boyle's law

a relation concerning the compression and expansion of a gas at constant temperature. This empirical relation, formulated by the physicist Robert Boyle in 1662, states that the pressure (p) of a given quantity of gas varies inversely as its volume (v) at constant temperature; i.e., in equation form, pv = k, a constant. The relationship was also discovered by the French physicist Edme Mariotte (1676).

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