Definition of newton in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈnjuːt(ə)n/
(abbreviation N)


The SI unit of force. It is equal to the force that would give a mass of one kilogram an acceleration of one metre per second per second, and is equivalent to 100,000 dynes.
Example sentences
  • Timber can usually soften and take about 100 kilograms, 1,000 newtons per square centimetre.
  • A newton has a mass unit of kilograms and an acceleration unit of meters squared per second.
  • Both are units of force, but one pound-force is equal to 4.45 newtons.


Early 20th century: named after Sir Issac Newton (see Newton, Sir Isaac).

Words that rhyme with newton

Luton, rambutan, Teuton

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