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A model of the universe in which there is sufficient matter, and thus gravitational force, to halt the expansion initiated by the Big Bang.
a cosmological model in which the universe halts its observed expansion and contracts through gravitational attraction of its total mass. Compare open universe.
A model of the universe in which there is enough matter, and therefore enough gravitational force, to stop the expansion started by the big bang. See Note at big bang.
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|Noun||1.||closed universe - (cosmology) a universe that is spatially closed and in which there is sufficient matter to halt the expansion that began with the big bang; the visible matter is only 10 percent of the matter required for closure but there may be large amounts of dark matter|
cosmogeny, cosmogony, cosmology - the branch of astrophysics that studies the origin and evolution and structure of the universe