- of or relating to relativity or relativism.
- subject to the special or the general theory of relativity.
- (of a velocity) having a magnitude that is a significant fraction of the speed of light.
- (of a particle) having a relativistic velocity: radiation from relativistic electrons.
Origin of relativistic
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The man had used a simplified quantum mechanics without correction for relativistic effects.Security
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- physics having or involving a speed close to that of light so that the behaviour is described by the theory of relativity rather than by Newtonian mechanicsa relativistic electron; a relativistic velocity
- physics of, concerned with, or involving relativity
- of or relating to relativism
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- Either of two theories in physics developed by Albert Einstein, General Relativity or Special Relativity. See Notes at Einstein gravity space-time.
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