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grav·i·ta·tion

 (grăv′ĭ-tā′shən)
n.
1. Physics
a. The natural phenomenon of attraction between physical objects with mass or energy; the weakest of the four fundamental forces of nature. Also called gravity.
b. The act or process of moving under the influence of this attraction.
2. A movement toward a source of attraction: the gravitation of the middle classes to the suburbs.

grav′i·ta′tion·al adj.
grav′i·ta′tion·al·ly adv.
grav′i·ta′tive adj.

gravitation

(ˌɡrævɪˈteɪʃən)
n
1. (General Physics) the force of attraction that bodies exert on one another as a result of their mass
2. (General Physics) any process or result caused by this interaction, such as the fall of a body to the surface of the earth
Also called: gravity

grav•i•ta•tion

(ˌgræv ɪˈteɪ ʃən)

n.
1.
a. the force of attraction between any two masses.
b. an act or process caused by this force.
2. a sinking or falling.
3. a movement or tendency toward something or someone.
[1635–45; < New Latin]
grav`i•ta′tion•al, adj.
grav`i•ta′tion•al•ly, adv.

grav·i·ta·tion

(grăv′ĭ-tā′shən)
The force of attraction that tends to draw together any two objects in the universe. Gravitation increases as the mass of the objects increases and as their distance from each other decreases.

gravitation

The mutual attraction between bodies, due to their masses.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.gravitation - (physics) the force of attraction between all masses in the universegravitation - (physics) the force of attraction between all masses in the universe; especially the attraction of the earth's mass for bodies near its surface; "the more remote the body the less the gravity"; "the gravitation between two bodies is proportional to the product of their masses and inversely proportional to the square of the distance between them"; "gravitation cannot be held responsible for people falling in love"--Albert Einstein
natural philosophy, physics - the science of matter and energy and their interactions; "his favorite subject was physics"
attraction, attractive force - the force by which one object attracts another
solar gravity - the gravity of the sun; "solar gravity creates extreme pressures and temperatures"
2.gravitation - movement downward resulting from gravitational attraction; "irrigation by gravitation rather than by pumps"
change of location, travel - a movement through space that changes the location of something
drop, fall - a free and rapid descent by the force of gravity; "it was a miracle that he survived the drop from that height"
levitation - movement upward in virtue of lightness
3.gravitation - a figurative movement toward some attraction; "the gravitation of the middle class to the suburbs"
trend, drift, movement - a general tendency to change (as of opinion); "not openly liberal but that is the trend of the book"; "a broad movement of the electorate to the right"
Translations
gravitacepřitažlivost
gravitaatiopainovoima
gravitacija
引力
gravitaţie
gravitationtyngdkraft

gravitation

[ˌgrævɪˈteɪʃən] N (Phys) → gravitación f (fig) → tendencia f (towards a)

gravitation

[ˌgrævɪˈteɪʃən] n (PHYSICS)gravitation f

gravitation

n (Phys) → Gravitation f, → Schwerkraft f; (fig)Hinneigung f(to zu); the hippies’ gravitation to San Franciscodie Anziehungskraft, die San Francisco auf die Hippies ausübt

gravitation

[ˌgrævɪˈteɪʃn] ngravitazione f
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I had a theory that the gravitation of refraction, being subsidiary to atmospheric compensation, the refrangibility of the earth's surface would emphasize this effect in regions where great mountain ranges occur, and possibly so even-handed impact the odic and idyllic forces together, the one upon the other, as to prevent the moon from rising higher than 12,200 feet above sea-level.
They have likewise discovered two lesser stars, or satellites, which revolve about Mars; whereof the innermost is distant from the centre of the primary planet exactly three of his diameters, and the outermost, five; the former revolves in the space of ten hours, and the latter in twenty-one and a half; so that the squares of their periodical times are very near in the same proportion with the cubes of their distance from the centre of Mars; which evidently shows them to be governed by the same law of gravitation that influences the other heavenly bodies.
Many are the enactments made at different times in the different States of Flatland, in order to minimize this peril; and in the Southern and less temperate climates where the force of gravitation is greater, and human beings more liable to casual and involuntary motions, the Laws concerning Women are naturally much more stringent.
My muscles, perfectly attuned and accustomed to the force of gravity on Earth, played the mischief with me in attempting for the first time to cope with the lesser gravitation and lower air pressure on Mars.
Natural towers, large scarps, cut perpendicularly, like a "curtain," inclined at an angle which the laws of gravitation could never have tolerated in terrestrial regions.
He can go up against gravitation in a balloon, and why should he not hope that ultimately he may be able to stop or accelerate his drift along the Time-Dimension, or even turn about and travel the other way?
marched to the last minute in accordance with his gravitation.
Nobody had beheld the gravitation of the two into one; and when the dairyman came round by that screened nook a few minutes later there was not a sign to reveal that the markedly sundered pair were more to each other than mere acquaintance.
The great natural forces lie outside us and we are not conscious of them; we call those forces gravitation, inertia, electricity, animal force, and so on, but we are conscious of the force of life in man and we call that freedom.
Perhaps," answered the Wizard, "it is because we are close to the center of the earth, where the attraction of gravitation is very slight.
Then came the rain, a deluge, a straight, horizontal sheet that poured along like a river, defying gravitation.
She was drawn by some force outside of herself and stronger than gravitation, strong as destiny.