Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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 plenist.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who holds the doctrine of the reality of empty spaces in nature: opposed to plenist.

Etymologies

Compare French vacuiste. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • 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.

    Dictionary of the History of Ideas

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