Open main menu

Wiktionary β

action at a distance

Crystal Clear filesystem trashcan full.png This entry has been nominated for deletion(+)
Please see that page for discussion and justifications. Feel free to edit this entry as normal, though do not remove the {{rfd}} until the debate has finished.




action at a distance (countable and uncountable, plural actions at a distance)

  1. (physics) the concept that an object can be affected, changed, moved, or otherwise affected without being physically touched by another object.
    • CONSTRUCTING THE UNIVERSE, David Layzer, p. 7, 1984: For Descartes, as for Aristoteles, the doctrine of the Plenum rested on two self-evident truths: Nature abhors a vacuum, and there can be no action at a distance .

Derived termsEdit