Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who holds the doctrine of the reality of empty spaces in nature: opposed to plenist.
- n. One who holds the doctrine that the space between the bodies of the universe, or the molecules and atoms of matter, is a vacuum.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. One who holds the doctrine that the space between the bodies of the universe, or the molecules and atoms of matter, is a vacuum; -- opposed to
- Compare French vacuiste. (Wiktionary)
“However, it appeared in print only in 1655, and by that time Hobbes had aban - doned the vacuist position for belief in an all-pervading aether, probably because such a medium greatly facili - tated Hobbes 'mechanistic explanations of various forces in nature.”
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