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Terminology discussion

In order to describe 3D time some new terms and new meanings for old terms have been introduced in this blog. The reasons for this are discussed in this post.

It would be possible to add a prefix to terms already in use but that over-emphasizes the similarities – or opposition if a negative prefix is used. In some cases, there are existing words that could be easily adopted. Most importantly, there is a need to emphasize that 3D time requires a different way of looking at the world than is commonly done.

1. Existing Words

Many words are already used that require no changes: duration, instantaneous, and mathematical terms such as scalar and vector.

Words that are not well known:

The word pace in racing is not widely known but is used in exactly the way that is needed for 3D time. It is simply the inverse of speed, which provides a slight change of perspective that focuses on the time. Since time minimization is what racers do, it makes sense to have a term for the change in time per unit of distance.

Words that are given a new meaning:

The word legerity is an uncommon word for physical or mental agility or quickness. It comes from the Middle French legereté, which means quickness or lightness in movement. Compare the word velocity, which is from the Middle English velocite meaning fast. As velocity is used as a term for the speed quantity in a particular direction, so legerity was adopted as a term for the pace quantity in a particular direction.

The word accelerate can describe a motion that becomes faster, which is taken as covering a larger distance in the same unit of time. If someone wants a delivery faster, they want to expedite the delivery, which means it will take less time to arrive. As the verb accelerate leads to the noun acceleration, so the verb expedite could lead to the noun expedition, but that has a different sense. Yet there is another word, expedience, which can mean haste or urgency, and so can serve as the noun form.

The word force is a common word that has been adopted as a key term in physics and engineering. Its counterpart in 3D time should be a similar common word. I propose rush (formerly, surge), which suggests a effort to reduce time, which accords with the subject-oriented perspective of 3D time.

2. New Words

Some words are time analogues for space terms:

Displacement is a term for a space vector, which can easily be changed to distimement for a time vector. Similarly, distime is the time analogue for distance, as stance means a space position.

Some new words have been coined:

A word is needed for the inverse of mass. I suggest vass for two reasons: (1) the “v” from inverse replaces the “m” from mass to indicate the inverse of mass; and (2) as a mass of something is associated with a dense lump, so its opposite would be a vast, spread-out material: the word vass echoes this sense.

Other words are needed for inverse concepts, and it is best if a coined word suggests its origin, so I offer invork for the inverse of work and invergy for the inverse of energy.

It is usual to coin new words from Greek and Latin roots. That leads to transicle (compare particle), fulment and fulmentum (compare moment and momentum), facilia (compare inertia), elaphra (compare weight), and strophence (compare torque).

Transicle uses the Greek prefix for across. Facilia is from the Latin for easy. Fulment is from the Latin for prop or support. Elaphra is from the Greek for light (weight). Strophence is from the Greek for turn.

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