Clockwork universe



An image of the universe as a clock wound up by God and ticking along with its gears governed by the laws of physics. This idea was very important in the Enlightenment, when scientists realized that Newton’s laws of motion, including the law of universal gravitation, could explain the behavior of the solar system.

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  • Clod

    [klod] /klɒd/ noun 1. a lump or mass, especially of earth or clay. 2. a stupid person; blockhead; dolt. 3. earth; soil. 4. something of lesser dignity or value, as the body as contrasted with the soul: this corporeal clod. 5. a part of a shoulder of beef. /klɒd/ noun 1. a lump of earth […]

  • Cloddish

    [klod-ish] /ˈklɒd ɪʃ/ adjective 1. of, relating to, or resembling a or boor; doltish; stolid. adj. 1844, from clod (n.) + -ish. Related: Clodishly; clodishness.



  • Cloddy

    [klod] /klɒd/ noun 1. a lump or mass, especially of earth or clay. 2. a stupid person; blockhead; dolt. 3. earth; soil. 4. something of lesser dignity or value, as the body as contrasted with the soul: this corporeal clod. 5. a part of a shoulder of beef. /klɒd/ noun 1. a lump of earth […]

  • Clodhopper

    [klod-hop-er] /ˈklɒdˌhɒp ər/ noun 1. a clumsy boor; rustic; bumpkin. 2. clodhoppers, strong, heavy shoes. /ˈklɒdˌhɒpə/ noun (informal) 1. a clumsy person; lout 2. (usually pl) a large heavy shoe or boot n. 1690s, slang, “one who works on plowed land, a rustic,” from clod (n.) + agent noun from hop (v.). Cf. in a […]



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