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- n. a female instigator or cause of something
It is at this level that bodies and their phenomenal properties, such as extension, the force of inertia, and motor force (vis motrix), are described in mechanistic terms.
According to Gassendi, the universe requires the existence of God who not only created it but gave its constituent atoms a vis motrix or motive force which provides for motion and by which Gassendi's God regulates the world.
And therefore the quantity of matter in gold was to the quantity of matter in the wood as the action of the motive force (or vis motrix) upon all the gold to the action of the same upon all the wood -- that is, as the weight of the one to the weight of the other: and the like happened in the other bodies.
I often thought — so grateful for the smallest service rendered in an arena where ingratitude sometimes seems to be the _vis motrix_ of life — a truly lovable man, if ever there was one.
You will not find it so elsewhere, and if you do not want to have the vis motrix that controls you, gravely suspected, be a little more respectful for the future in your deportment toward specifics.
Vis inertis pugnat cum vi motricc; ergo fi darur in corporibus vis motrix, non diktur vis tnertis*
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