# Hooke's law

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## Hooke's law

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n
(General Physics) the principle that the stress imposed on a solid is directly proportional to the strain produced, within the elastic limit
[C18: named after Robert Hooke ]

## Hooke's law

A law in physics stating that the extent to which an elastic material will change size and shape under stress is directly proportional to the amount of stress applied to it. If a spring is stretched to a length of 6 inches (15.2 centimeters) by a force of 1 newton, for example, it will be stretched to a length of 12 inches (30.4 centimeters) by a force of 2 newtons.
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 Noun 1 Hooke's law - (physics) the principle that (within the elastic limit) the stress applied to a solid is proportional to the strain producedlaw of nature, law - a generalization that describes recurring facts or events in nature; "the laws of thermodynamics"natural philosophy, physics - the science of matter and energy and their interactions; "his favorite subject was physics"
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