three-body problem

[ three-bod-ee ]

nounAstronomy, Mechanics.
  1. the problem of calculating the motions of three bodies in space moving under the influence of only their mutual gravitational attraction.

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How to use three-body problem in a sentence

  • Astronomers quail at the three-body problem and throw up their hands in surrender before the four-body problem.

    The Syndic | C.M. Kornbluth