newton (N)

  

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Metric unit of force, used also as a unit of weight (force due to gravity). One newton is defined as the force that will accelerate a mass of one kilogram at the rate of one meter per second per second, it equals about 0.22 pounds or 0.10 kilograms of force, 7.23 poundals, or 105 dynes. Named after the UK scientist Sir Issac Newton (1642-1727).

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