# Newton's law of gravitation

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## Newton's law of gravitation

*n.*

The law proposed by Sir Isaac Newton that expresses the force of gravitational attraction between two bodies as a function of their masses and their distance. Expressed mathematically, F =

^{Gm1m2}/_{d2}where F is the force in Newtons, m_{1}and m_{2}are the masses of the bodies in kilograms, G is the gravitational constant, and d is the distance between the bodies in meters.[After Isaac

**Newton**.]American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

## Newton's law of gravitation

*n*

(General Physics) the principle that two particles attract each other with forces directly proportional to the product of their masses divided by the square of the distance between them

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## Newton's law of gravitation

The principle that two bodies exert a gravitational attraction for each other that increases as their masses increase and as the distance between them decreases. In mathematical terms, the force equals the product of the two masses multiplied by the gravitational constant and divided by the square of the distance. Also called

*law of gravitation*,*law of universal gravitation*. See Note at gravity.The American Heritage® Student Science Dictionary, Second Edition. Copyright © 2014 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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Noun | 1. | Newton's law of gravitation - (physics) the law that states any two bodies attract each other with a force that is directly proportional to the product of their masses and inversely proportional to the square of the distance between themlaw of nature, law - a generalization that describes recurring facts or events in nature; "the laws of thermodynamics" gravitational theory, Newton's theory of gravitation, theory of gravitation, theory of gravity - (physics) the theory that any two particles of matter attract one another with a force directly proportional to the product of their masses and inversely proportional to the square of the distance between them natural philosophy, physics - the science of matter and energy and their interactions; "his favorite subject was physics" constant of gravitation, gravitational constant, universal gravitational constant, G - (physics) the universal constant relating force to mass and distance in Newton's law of gravitation |

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