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classical mechanics

noun, Physics.
1.
the branch of mechanics that is based on Newton's laws of motion and that is applicable to systems that are so large that Planck's constant can be regarded as negligibly small (distinguished from quantum mechanics).
Also called Newtonian mechanics.
Origin
1930-1935
1930-35
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