fitzgerald lorentz con-tractions

FitzGerald contraction

noun Physics.
the hypothesis that a moving body exhibits a contraction in the direction of motion when its velocity is close to the speed of light.
Also called FitzGerald-Lorentz contraction [fits-jer-uhld lawr-ents, -lohr-] , Lorentz-FitzGerald contraction, Lorentz contraction, length contraction.


Origin:
1915–20; named after G. F. FitzGerald

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