polygon of forces definition

  • noun:
    • A polygonal figure the sides of which tend to be vectors representing several causes acting at the same time upon one-point, so the vector essential to result in the figure closed may be the resultant of those forces.
    • a polygonal figure, the edges which, taken successively, represent, long and path, several causes acting simultaneously upon one point, so that the part necessary to complete the figure signifies the resultant of these causes. Cf. Parallelogram of causes, under Parallelogram.
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