inflationary universe


noun Astronomy.

a version of the big bang theory in which the universe underwent very rapid growth during the first fraction of a second before it settled down to its current rate of expansion.

Nearby words

  1. inflation,
  2. inflation theory,
  3. inflationary,
  4. inflationary gap,
  5. inflationary spiral,
  6. inflationism,
  7. inflationist,
  8. inflect,
  9. inflection,
  10. inflection point

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British Dictionary definitions for inflationary universe

inflationary universe

noun

a variation of the cosmological big-bang theory in which the early stage of the evolution of the universe is postulated to include a period of accelerated expansion
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Culture definitions for inflationary universe

inflationary universe

A period early in the big bang during which the universal expansion proceeded at a much more rapid rate that it did before or since. Cosmologists believe that most of the matter in the universe was created during the period of inflation.

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