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  • adjective Of or relating to Robert Boyle (1627–1691), influential early chemist, physicist, and inventor, also noted for writings in theology.


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  • Margaret Wilson has defended such an interpretation, though in the 1979 paper that launched the debate, her intent is to show how acutely Locke understood the explanatory limitations of “Boylean mechanism”.

    Locke's Philosophy of Science Kochiras, Hylarie 2009

  • 'Would that he had created an absolute Boylean vacuum!'

    Hopes and Fears or, scenes from the life of a spinster Charlotte Mary Yonge 1862

  • Boylean lectures as should hold them tug as long as the ministry of the letter should last '; for he too, you see, masked his infidelity by a distinction between the' letter 'and the' spirit, 'though he applied the convenient terms in a totally different sense.

    The Eclipse of Faith Or, A Visit To A Religious Sceptic Henry Rogers 1841

  • The vacancy at the summit of the barometer is termed the Torricellian vacuum, and the exhausted receiver of an air pump the Boylean vacuum, in honour of these two philosophers.

    The Botanic Garden A Poem in Two Parts. Part 1: the Economy of Vegetation Erasmus Darwin 1766

  • “that some presumed properties of matter cannot be conceived as” natural “consequences of Boylean primary qualities” (Wilson 1979, p. 197).

    Locke's Philosophy of Science Kochiras, Hylarie 2009


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