FitzGerald contraction

  1. the hypothesis that a moving body exhibits a contraction in the direction of motion when its velocity is close to the speed of light.

Origin of FitzGerald contraction

First recorded in 1915–20; named after G. F. FitzGerald
  • Also called Fitz·Ger·ald-Lo·rentz contrac·tion [fits-jer-uhld lawr-ents, -lohr-], /fɪtsˈdʒɛr əld ˈlɔr ɛnts, -ˈloʊr-/, Lorentz-FitzGerald contraction, Lorentz contraction, length contraction .

Words Nearby FitzGerald contraction Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use FitzGerald contraction in a sentence

  • Of course, the Crew had experienced only about four weeks, thanks to the FitzGerald contraction.

    Starman's Quest | Robert Silverberg
  • But the FitzGerald contraction had telescoped those nine years into just a few months, for the people of the Valhalla.

    Starman's Quest | Robert Silverberg