law of gravitation

[ lawuhv grav-i-tey-shuhn ]
/ ˈlɔ əv ˌgræv ɪˈteɪ ʃən /

noun Physics.

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

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Also called law of universal gravitation.

Origin of law of gravitation

First recorded in 1755–65
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Scientific definitions for law of gravitation

law of gravitation

See Newton's law of gravitation.
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