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reference frame

noun, Physics.
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Origin
1920-1925
1920-25
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Examples for reference frame
  • Since the two photons are traveling in the same reference frame, all of their events share simultaneity.
  • The reference frame would be at the equator because it is rotating.
  • By this he means shorter than the distance measured in the reference frame on the ground.
  • The first one is the reference frame for climate anomaly.
reference frame in Science
reference frame
  (rěf'ər-əns)   
A basis of a four-dimensional coordinate system in which the first coordinate is understood as a time coordinate, while the other three coordinates represent spatial dimensions. Inertial frames and non-inertial frames are both examples of reference frames. Also called frame of reference. See also General Relativity, space-time, Special Relativity.

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