attractive force

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Noun1.attractive force - the force by which one object attracts anotherattractive force - the force by which one object attracts another
affinity - (immunology) the attraction between an antigen and an antibody
bond, chemical bond - an electrical force linking atoms
force - (physics) the influence that produces a change in a physical quantity; "force equals mass times acceleration"
gravitation, gravitational attraction, gravitational force, gravity - (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
magnetic attraction, magnetic force, magnetism - attraction for iron; associated with electric currents as well as magnets; characterized by fields of force
van der Waal's forces - relatively weak attraction between neutral atoms and molecules arising from polarization induced in each particle by the presence of other particles
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By an inverse motion the base was approaching first; the lunar attraction was prevailing over the terrestrial; the fall toward the moon was beginning, almost imperceptibly as yet, but by degrees the attractive force would become stronger, the fall would be more decided, the projectile, drawn by its base, would turn its cone to the earth, and fall with ever-increasing speed on to the surface of the Selenite continent; their destination would then be attained.
But here reality, by the neutralizations of attractive forces, produced men in whom nothing had any weight, and who weighed nothing themselves.
Movement times were 28% faster with the attractive force basin than without it.
The attractive force of a linear motor's magnets is typically three times greater than the thrust force.
Provided that neither the attractive nor the repulsive force overwhelms the other, and that the attractive force works over a shorter range than the repulsive force, it turns out that any random initial distribution of businesses, no matter how even, will self-organize into a set of regularly spaced business centers.
To see what success might be achieved by this account, a preliminary consideration of the attractive force is required.
Newton then showed that if the trajectory of a planet moving under the influence of a central attractive force is an ellipse and the centre of attraction is one of its loci, then the law of force (relating the magnitude of the force to the distance from the centre) must be an inverse square law.
With a projected total income of $347.3 billion, and $238 billion in spending power, African Americans are an attractive force. According to market research, African Americans purchase an estimated 52 million cards each month.
William Gilbert, who showed that Earth was a magnet (see 1600), found that rock crystal and a variety of gems showed the same attractive force when rubbed that amber did.
If an area has relatively little outdoor lighting, any outdoor lighting can be a strong attractive force. If an area has heavy concentrations of outdoor lighting, the ability of any one lighting system tO attract people will depend on how effectively it makes illuminated objects stand out.
But the increase of repulsive force is bigger than attractive force resulting in smaller critical point and difficult aggregation.