[ grav-i-tey-shuhn ]
/ ˌgræv ɪˈteɪ ʃən /
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  1. the force of attraction between any two masses.Compare law of gravitation.
  2. 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.
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Origin of gravitation

First recorded in 1635–45; from New Latin gravitātiōn- (stem of gravitātiō ), derivative of gravitāre “to obey the laws of gravitation”; see gravitate, -ion

OTHER WORDS FROM gravitation

grav·i·ta·tion·al, adjectivenon·grav·i·ta·tion, nounnon·grav·i·ta·tion·al, adjectivesu·per·grav·i·ta·tion, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for gravitation

/ (ˌɡrævɪˈteɪʃən) /

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
Also called: gravity
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Medical definitions for gravitation

[ grăv′ĭ-tāshən ]

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.
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Scientific definitions for gravitation

[ grăv′ĭ-tāshən ]

See gravity.
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Cultural definitions for gravitation


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.

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