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# cartesian

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## CIDE DICTIONARY

cartesiana. [From Renatus Cartesius, Latinized from of René Descartes: cf. F. cartésien.].
Of or pertaining to the French philosopher René Descartes, or his philosophy.  [1913 Webster]
"The Cartesion argument for reality of matter."  [1913 Webster]
Cartesian coördinates (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.
cartesiann.
An adherent of Descartes.  [1913 Webster]

## OXFORD DICTIONARY

--adj. of or relating to R. Descartes, 17th-c. French philosopher and mathematician.
--n. a follower of Descartes.

Idiom
Cartesian coordinates a system for locating a point by reference to its distance from two or three axes intersecting at right angles.
Derivative
Cartesianism n.
Etymology
mod.L Cartesianus f. Cartesius, name of Descartes

## DEVIL DICTIONARY

### 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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