# general relativity

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## general relativity

*n.*

The geometric theory of gravitation developed by Albert Einstein, incorporating and extending the theory of special relativity to accelerated frames of reference and introducing the principle that gravity is a consequence of matter causing a curvature in spacetime.

## rel•a•tiv•i•ty

(ˌrɛl əˈtɪv ɪ ti)*n.*

**1.**the state or fact of being relative.

**2.**

**a.**Also called

**special relativity.**the first part of Einstein's two-part theory, based on the axioms that physical laws have the same form throughout the universe and that the velocity of light in a vacuum is a universal constant, from which is derived the mass-energy equation,

*E = mc*.

^{2}**b.**Also called

**general relativity.**the second part, a theory of gravitation based on the axiom that the local effects of a gravitational field and of the acceleration of an inertial system are identical.

**3.**dependence of a mental state upon the nature of the human mind.

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Noun | 1. | general relativity - a generalization of special relativity to include gravity (based on the principle of equivalence)Einstein's theory of relativity, relativity, relativity theory, theory of relativity - (physics) the theory that space and time are relative concepts rather than absolute concepts |

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