Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of or relating to the philosophy or methods of Descartes.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of, or pertaining to, Descartes, his mathematical methods, or his philosophy, especially with regard to its emphasis on logical analysis and its mechanistic interpretation of physical nature.
  • adj. Of, or pertaining to, co-ordinates based on mutually orthogonal axes.
  • n. One who follows the philosophy of Cartesianism.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to the French philosopher René Descartes, or his philosophy.
  • n. An adherent of Descartes.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining to the French philosopher René Descartes (1596-1650), to his philosophy, or to his geometrical method.
  • n. One who adopts the philosophy of Descartes; a follower of Descartes.
  • n. Any curve of the fourth order having two cusps on the absolute.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. of or relating to Rene Descartes or his works
  • n. a follower of Cartesian thought

Etymologies

French cartésien (from René Descartes) and New Latin Cartesiānus (from Cartesius, Latin form of Descartes).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
After Rene Descartes (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • These two numbers are then the “ Cartesian co-ordinates” of this corner with reference to the “Cartesian co-ordinate system” which is determined by the arrangement of little rods.

    Chapter 24. Euclidean and Non-Euclidean Continuum

  • CARTESIAN THREE-SPACE An extension of rectangular coordinates into three dimensions is Cartesian three-space (Fig. 6-2), also called xyz-space.

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  • MATHEMATICIAN'S POLAR VS CARTESIAN Figure 5-13 shows a point P ¼ (x0, y0) ¼ (0, r0) graphed on superimposed Cartesian and polar coordinate systems.

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  • Interesting discussing on photography as a weapon is continued in Cartesian Blogging.

    Knowledge is Power: November 2008 Archives

  • This problem (which so far as he could tell, mathematicians regard as quite uninteresting) was simply the relation between linear, sequential strings of symbols or mathematical "sentences" like y = 1/x, and the diagrams in Cartesian coordinates that transform these statements into visual images, in this case, a curve descending from an infinite height along the vertical y-axis, turning right and skating off into an infinite eastern distance along the x-axis.

    The Last Formalist, or W.J.T. Mitchell as Romantic Dinosaur

  • We will confine ourselves, for the sake of illustration, to what is commonly known as the Cartesian [151] argument.

    Theism: The Witness of Reason and Nature to an All-Wise and Beneficent Creator.

  • Philosophy and the Good Life: Reason and the Passions in Greek, Cartesian and Psychoanalytic Ethics.

    Descartes' Ethics

  • In doing so, he rescues an idea that has long been thought a simple fallacy: the notion of perception as a sort of movie playing inside our heads, in the so-called Cartesian theater.

    The Magical Mystery Show of Consciousness

  • Two types of coordinate systems are currently in general use in geography: the geographical coordinate system and the rectangular (also called Cartesian) coordinate system.

    Location, distance, and direction on maps

  • Recall the Cartesian argument from the previous section against animal consciousness (or animal mind) on the grounds that animals do not use language conversationally or reason generally.

    Animal Consciousness

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