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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-uh ld lawr-ents, -lohr-] /fɪtsˈdʒɛr əld ˈlɔr ɛnts, -ˈloʊr-/ (Show IPA),
Lorentz-FitzGerald contraction, Lorentz contraction, length contraction.
Origin of FitzGerald contraction
1915-20; named after G. F. FitzGerald Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Trouble is, length contraction and time dilation get all the glory.
  • It travels inside the frame of the muon and so the length contraction of the rod in the sea level does not make any difference.

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