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law of gravitation

noun Physics.

a law stating that any two masses attract each other with a force equal to a constant (constant of gravitation) multiplied by the product of the two masses and divided by the square of the distance between them.


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Nearby words

law of dominance, law of effect, law of excitation, law of excluded middle, law of exponents, law of gravitation, law of heart, law of identity, law of independent assortment, law of inertia, law of inverse square

Origin of law of gravitation

First recorded in 1755–65
Also called law of universal gravitation. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Science definitions for law of gravitation

law of gravitation

See Newton's law of gravitation.
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