Gravitation



Physics.

the force of attraction between any two masses.
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an act or process caused by this force.

a sinking or falling.
a movement or tendency toward something or someone:
the gravitation of people toward the suburbs.
Historical Examples

It is quite true that Kepler had some slight knowledge of the existence of what we now know as gravitation.
Great Astronomers R. S. Ball

gravitation then is a property belonging to matter and not to ether.
The Machinery of the Universe Amos Emerson Dolbear

A man is very seldom hurt at this game, though how he escapes without a broken neck is one of the wonders of gravitation to me.
Campaign Pictures of the War in South Africa (1899-1900) A. G. Hales

He may be described as confusing the attraction of gravitation with the attraction of cohesion.
Timaeus Plato

He is overcoming the force of gravitation, which is incessantly pulling him down.
Scientific American Supplement, Vol. XV., No. 388, June 9, 1883 Various

The law of progress is as inevitable as is the law of gravitation.
Italy, the Magic Land Lilian Whiting

The great office came to him by the laws of gravitation and character—to him the clean of hand, and brave of heart.
Charles Sumner Centenary Archibald H. Grimke

Here is the reason: There is a great force known as gravitation.
Common Science Carleton W. Washburne

Here then is the special characteristic of the magnetic force, which distinguishes it from that of gravitation.
Fragments of science, V. 1-2 John Tyndall

Just as we know of no exceptions to the law of gravitation, so there are no exceptions to the law of death.
The Soul of a People H. Fielding

noun
the force of attraction that bodies exert on one another as a result of their mass
any process or result caused by this interaction, such as the fall of a body to the surface of the earth
n.

1640s in physics sense, also figurative, from Modern Latin gravitationem (nominative gravitatio), noun of action from past participle stem of gravitare (see gravitate). Related: Gravitational.

gravitation grav·i·ta·tion (grāv’ĭ-tā’shən)
n.

The natural phenomenon of attraction between massive bodies.

The act or process of moving under the influence of this attraction.

A movement toward a source of attraction.

gravitation
(grāv’ĭ-tā’shən)
See gravity.

The force, first described mathematically by Isaac Newton, whereby any two objects in the universe are attracted toward each other. Gravitation holds the moon in orbit around the Earth, the planets in orbit around the sun, and the sun in the Milky Way. It also accounts for the fall of objects released near the surface of the Earth. The modern theory of gravitation is the general theory of relativity.

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