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FitzGerald contraction

Pronunciation: /fitsˈjerəld kənˌtrakSH(ə)n/
(also FitzGerald–Lorentz contraction)

noun

Physics
Another term for Lorentz contraction.

Origin

Named after George. F. FitzGerald (1851–1901), Irish physicist, and H. A. Lorentz (see Lorentz, Hendrik), who independently postulated the theory in 1892.

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Syllabification: Fitz·Ger·ald con·trac·tion

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