primum mobile

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n primum mobile an agent that is the cause of all things but does not itself have a cause "God is the first cause"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Primum mobile (Astron) In the Ptolemaic system, the outermost of the revolving concentric spheres constituting the universe, the motion of which was supposed to carry with it all the inclosed spheres with their planets in a daily revolution from east to west. See Crystalline heavens, under Crystalline. "The motions of the greatest persons in a government ought to be, as the motions of the planets, under primum mobile ."
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Primum mobile prī′mum mob′i-lē, in the Ptolemaic system the outermost of the ten revolving spheres of the universe, supposed to carry the others with it: any great source of motion.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., first cause of motion
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L.

Usage

In literature:

No, I of only I want you to tell us what was the primum mobile in the matter.
"Three Comedies" by Björnstjerne M. Björnson
On the magnetick diurnal revolution of the Earth's globe, as a probable assertion against the time-honoured opinion of a Primum Mobile.
"On the magnet, magnetick bodies also, and on the great magnet the earth" by William Gilbert of Colchester
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In poetry:

WHO lib'rally with presents smoothes the road,
Will meet no obstacles to LOVE'S abode.
In ev'ry situation they are sweet,
I've often said, and now the same repeat:
The primum mobile of human kind,
Are gold and silver, through the world we find.
"Belphegor Addressed To Miss De Chammelay" by Jean de La Fontaine

In science:

The primum mobile for contemporary work on multivariable realization with applications to interpolation theory is the following result of Agler, stated for what is now called the Agler-Schur class functions on the polydisk.
Test Functions, Kernels, Realizations and Interpolation
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