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Related to gravitation: Newton's law of gravitation
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.
c. See gravitational interaction.
2. A movement toward a source of attraction: the gravitation of the middle classes to the suburbs.
nAlso called: gravity
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
grav•i•ta•tion(ˌgræv ɪˈteɪ ʃən)
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]
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.
The mutual attraction between bodies, due to their masses.
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|Noun||1.||gravitation - (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"
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"|
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"|