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gravitational collapse

n.
1. The implosion of a star or other celestial body under the influence of its own gravity, resulting in a body that is many times smaller and denser than the original body.
2. The process by which stars, star clusters, and galaxies form from interstellar gas under the influence of gravity.
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gravitational collapse

What happens to a star when its hydrogen and other energy supplies are unable to maintain gravitation. The collapse’s result can be a black hole, white dwarf, neutron star, or supernova.
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Noun1.gravitational collapse - the implosion of a star resulting from its own gravity; the result is a smaller and denser celestial object
implosion - a sudden inward collapse; "the implosion of a light bulb"
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Whereas any charge accruing on a spheroidal black hole would be rapidly neutralised, a gravitationally collapsed object of toroidal topology would be defended by a magnetosphere whose flux lines run locally parallel to its surface [13,15].
Spirals took several times longer to form, the result of gas and dust settling into a gravitationally collapsed disk around dense star groups that became the spirals' star-studded bulges.