- the force of attraction between any two masses.Compare law of gravitation.
- an act or process caused by this force.
- a sinking or falling.
- a movement or tendency toward something or someone: the gravitation of people toward the suburbs.
Origin of gravitation
Examples from the Web for gravitation
That is a very common verification of one of the best established laws of nature—that of gravitation.
Gravitation then is a property belonging to matter and not to ether.The Machinery of the Universe
Amos Emerson Dolbear
He may be described as confusing the attraction of gravitation with the attraction of cohesion.Timaeus
The law of progress is as inevitable as is the law of gravitation.Italy, the Magic Land
Here is the reason: There is a great force known as gravitation.Common Science
Carleton W. Washburne
- the force of attraction that bodies exert on one another as a result of their mass
- any process or result caused by this interaction, such as the fall of a body to the surface of the earth
Word Origin and History for gravitation
1640s in physics sense, also figurative, from Modern Latin gravitationem (nominative gravitatio), noun of action from past participle stem of gravitare (see gravitate). Related: Gravitational.
- The natural phenomenon of attraction between massive bodies.
- The act or process of moving under the influence of this attraction.
- A movement toward a source of attraction.
- See gravity.
The force, first described mathematically by Isaac Newton, whereby any two objects in the universe are attracted toward each other. Gravitation holds the moon in orbit around the Earth, the planets in orbit around the sun, and the sun in the Milky Way. It also accounts for the fall of objects released near the surface of the Earth. The modern theory of gravitation is the general theory of relativity.