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noun Astronomy, Physics.
(in general relativity) a propagating wave of gravitational energy produced by accelerating masses, especially during catastrophic events, as the gravitational collapse of massive stars.
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Also called gravity wave.

Origin of gravitational wave

First recorded in 1895–1900
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gravitational wave

noun
physics another name for gravity wave
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