- 1Movement, or a tendency to move, toward a center of attractive force, as in the falling of bodies to the earth.More example sentences
- He introduced this in 1817 in his study of a problem of Kepler of determining the motion of three bodies moving under mutual gravitation.
- Aristotle's notion of the motion of bodies impeded understanding of gravitation for a long time.
- Newton had deduced from his theory of gravitation that the Earth would be flattened at the poles.
- 1.1 Physics A force of attraction exerted by each particle of matter in the universe on every other particle: the law of universal gravitation Compare with gravity.More example sentences
- Based on his universal law of gravitation and laws of motion, he was able to explain the paths of the planets.
- He attributed gravitation to the forces of mutual attraction between material objects.
- Newton explicitly rejected the idea that gravitation, or any other force, be essential to matter.
- 2Movement toward or attraction to something: a tentative gravitation toward the prices that we saw before the announcementMore example sentences
- According to many experts, however, the move is both a symptom of changing retail trends and a long expected gravitation towards the store's natural born market.
- Her gravitation towards Italy and Italian culture functions as a kind replacement for the personal and cultural decimation she has witnessed as the daughter and niece of Holocaust victims.
- It's almost as though we believe our society is caught up in some kind of unstoppable gravitation towards more consumption, more production, more alienation.
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- Such a computer program may be complicated, but basically it uses the simple gravitational theory of Isaac Newton.
- In walking, kinetic energy is converted to gravitational potential energy and back again, as in a pendulum.
- The bosons projected to mediate the gravitational force have not yet been observed.
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- They talked about neutron stars and gravitationally collapsed objects, which at the time were still conjectures.
- Matter and radiation are gravitationally attractive, so in a maximally symmetric spacetime filled with matter, the gravitational force will inevitably cause any lumpiness in the matter to grow and condense.
- For example, there doesn't seem to be enough visible matter in the form of stars and interstellar gas to hold most galaxies together gravitationally.
mid 17th century: from modern Latin gravitatio(n-), from the verb gravitare (see gravitate).
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