GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. (Opt.) the theory enunciated by Sir Isaac Newton, that light consists in the emission and rapid progression of minute particles or corpuscles. The theory is now generally rejected, and supplanted by the
- n. (physics) the theory that light is transmitted as a stream of particles
“The Cartesian philosophy favored a physiology and pathology on strictly mechanical prin - ciples with the help of a corpuscular theory which permitted the inclusion of chemical explanations.”
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