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gravitational wave

noun, Astronomy, Physics.
(in general relativity) a propagating wave of gravitational energy produced by accelerating masses, especially during catastrophic events, as the gravitational collapse of massive stars.
Also called gravity wave.
Origin of gravitational wave
1895-1900 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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British Dictionary definitions for gravitational wave

gravitational wave

(physics) another name for gravity wave
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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