- the force of attraction between any two masses.Compare law of gravitation.
- an act or process caused by this force.
- gravitational collapse,
- gravitational constant,
- gravitational field,
- gravitational interaction
Origin of gravitation
Examples from the Web for gravitational
Something fascinating is going on in the gravitational dance of galaxies, from watching the slow twirls of the dancers.
But the probes map the gravitational field along North-South line, which makes the data look stripy.Glaciers Lose 204 Billion Tons of Ice in Three Years|Matthew R. Francis|October 5, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In the new paper, Laniakea is defined by a gravitational boundary.
Those planets were found through their gravitational pull on the star.
Their gravitational pull can draw in huge amounts of gas, which swirls in a thick donut-shaped pattern known as an accretion disk.
The earth is held closely to this path by the gravitational pull of the sun, which has a mass 333,432 times that of the earth.The Outline of Science, Vol. 1 (of 4)|J. Arthur Thomson
Remember, a scoopship hasn't much mass, and she does have engines designed for diving in and out of Jupe's gravitational well.Industrial Revolution|Poul William Anderson
Magnetic and gravitational and electrostatic fields rotate polarized light or bend light or do this or that as the case may be.Operation: Outer Space|William Fitzgerald Jenkins
Had she not shared his enthusiasm at the Gravitational Ray Theory?The Cosmic Deflector|Stanton A. Coblentz
You know that a gravitational field bends light; the light of a star is deflected in passing the sun.Astounding Stories, March, 1931|Various
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 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.