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redshift

[red-shift] /ˈrɛdˌʃɪft/
noun, Astronomy
1.
a shift toward longer wavelengths of the spectral lines emitted by a celestial object that is caused by the object moving away from the earth.
Also, red shift.
Origin
1920-1925
1920-25; red1 + shift
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Examples from the web for red shift
  • Gravitational red shift wavelength dilation proves gravity is produced by the absorption of time by matter.
  • The universe does not expand the observed red shift has wrongly been interpreted.
  • In a discontinuous universe there are other reasons for the red shift and background radiation.
  • Alternate explanations emerge naturally for the red shift and background radiation in a discontinuous universe.
  • red shift is related to age in such a way that for a red shift of infinity, you'll get the age of the universe.
  • Back when the red shift was newly discovered, there a competing theory about light losing energy as it travels through space.
British Dictionary definitions for red shift

redshift

/ˈredˌʃɪft/
noun
1.
a shift in the lines of the spectrum of an astronomical object towards a longer wavelength (the red end of an optical spectrum), relative to the wavelength of these lines in the terrestrial spectrum, usually as a result of the Doppler effect caused by the recession of the object Compare blueshift
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Contemporary definitions for red shift
noun

in astronomy, an increase in the wavelength of radiation emitted by astronomical objects, causing a shift of features in their spectra towards longer wavelengths due to their recession from the observer

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red shift in Science
red shift  
See under Doppler effect.
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red shift in Culture

red shift definition


In physics, the reddening of light sent out by an object that is moving away from an observer. (See Doppler effect.)

Note: The red shift that can be observed in light from distant galaxies suggests that the universe is expanding, and thus supports the Big Bang theory.
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