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gravitational field

noun, Physics.
the attractive effect, considered as extending throughout space, of matter on other matter.
the region surrounding an astronomical body in which the force of gravitation is strong.
Origin of gravitational field
First recorded in 1915-20 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Probably it detected us as soon as we entered the gravitational field of the planet.

    The Gun Philip K. Dick
  • Then we got past, and into the gravitational field of the planet.

    Out Around Rigel Robert H. Wilson
  • As the intensity of the gravitational field decreased, the velocity of the ship increased—not linearly, but logarithmically.

    Unwise Child Gordon Randall Garrett
  • In this sun's gravitational field, we'll lose a lot of power, but as long as it can be replaced, we're all right.

    Islands of Space John W Campbell
  • The cost of mining them, and of lifting the heavy ore from Mars' gravitational field and carrying it to Earth was prohibitive.

    Gold in the Sky Alan Edward Nourse
  • They were definitely within the moon's gravitational field; their last hold upon the earth was severed.

  • You know that a gravitational field bends light; the light of a star is deflected in passing the sun.

  • The electromagnetic theory has to be modified to allow for the presence of a gravitational field.

    The Concept of Nature Alfred North Whitehead
  • According to Boyle, a non-luminous and non-reflecting asteroid has crashed into the earth's gravitational field.

British Dictionary definitions for gravitational field

gravitational field

the field of force surrounding a body of finite mass in which another body would experience an attractive force that is proportional to the product of the masses and inversely proportional to the square of the distance between them
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