“The volume of a gas is inversely as the pressure.” If we
double the pressure on a gas, its volume is reduced to one-half; if we
quadruple the pressure, it will be reduced to one-fourth; and so on;
so called from the Hon. Robert Boyle. (1627-1691.)
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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