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closed universe

n.
A model of the universe in which there is sufficient matter, and thus gravitational force, to halt the expansion initiated by the Big Bang.
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closed′ u′niverse


n.
a cosmological model in which the universe halts its observed expansion and contracts through gravitational attraction of its total mass. Compare open universe.
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closed universe

A model of the universe in which there is enough matter, and therefore enough gravitational force, to stop the expansion started by the big bang. See Note at big bang.
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Noun1.closed universe - (cosmology) a universe that is spatially closed and in which there is sufficient matter to halt the expansion that began with the big bang; the visible matter is only 10 percent of the matter required for closure but there may be large amounts of dark matter
cosmogeny, cosmogony, cosmology - the branch of astrophysics that studies the origin and evolution and structure of the universe
cosmos, macrocosm, universe, world, existence, creation - everything that exists anywhere; "they study the evolution of the universe"; "the biggest tree in existence"
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