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relativistic

[rel-uh-tuh-vis-tik] /ˌrɛl ə təˈvɪs tɪk/
adjective
1.
of or pertaining to relativity or relativism.
2.
Physics.
  1. subject to the special or the general theory of relativity.
  2. (of a velocity) having a magnitude that is a significant fraction of the speed of light.
  3. (of a particle) having a relativistic velocity:
    radiation from relativistic electrons.
Origin
1885-1890
1885-90; relativist + -ic
Related forms
relativistically, adverb
ultrarelativistic, adjective
unrelativistic, adjective
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