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three-body problem

[three-bod-ee] /ˈθriˈbɒd i/
noun, Astronomy, Mechanics
1.
the problem of calculating the motions of three bodies in space moving under the influence of only their mutual gravitational attraction.
Compare two-body problem.
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three-body problem

in astronomy, the problem of determining the motion of three celestial bodies moving under no influence other than that of their mutual gravitation. No general solution of this problem (or the more general problem involving more than three bodies) is possible

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Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
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