gravitation

[grav-i-tey-shuhn]
noun
1.
Physics.
a.
the force of attraction between any two masses. Compare law of gravitation.
b.
an act or process caused by this force.
2.
a sinking or falling.
3.
a movement or tendency toward something or someone: the gravitation of people toward the suburbs.

Origin:
1635–45; < Neo-Latin gravitātiōn- (stem of gravitātiō). See gravitate, -ion

gravitational, adjective
gravitationally, adverb
antigravitation, adjective
antigravitational, adjective
antigravitationally, adverb
nongravitation, noun
nongravitational, adjective
nongravitationally, adverb
supergravitation, noun
ungravitational, adjective
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gravitation (ˌɡrævɪˈteɪʃən)
 
n
1.  the force of attraction that bodies exert on one another as a result of their mass
2.  any process or result caused by this interaction, such as the fall of a body to the surface of the earth

gravitational (ˌɡrævɪˈteɪʃənəl)
 
adj
of, relating to, or involving gravitation
 
gravitationally
 
adv

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gravitation grav·i·ta·tion (grāv'ĭ-tā'shən)
n.

  1. The natural phenomenon of attraction between massive bodies.

  2. The act or process of moving under the influence of this attraction.

  3. A movement toward a source of attraction.

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gravitation   (grāv'ĭ-tā'shən)  Pronunciation Key 
See gravity.
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gravitation definition


The force, first described mathematically by Isaac Newton, whereby any two objects in the universe are attracted toward each other. Gravitation holds the moon in orbit around the Earth, the planets in orbit around the sun, and the sun in the Milky Way. It also accounts for the fall of objects released near the surface of the Earth. The modern theory of gravitation is the general theory of relativity.

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Example sentences
Only the gravitational pull of these galaxies' unseen halos of dark matter
  holds those stars in.
Approaching next year the galactic gravitational pull will again reach a cycle
  of many thousands of years.
The bars are thought to be the product of gravitational density waves that pull
  gases in toward the galaxy's center.
Here's a guide to their gravitational pull for fall and winter.
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