Definition of Gravitation

1. Noun. (physics) the force of attraction between all masses in the universe; especially the attraction of the earth's mass for bodies near its surface. "Gravitation cannot be held responsible for people falling in love"

Exact synonyms: Gravitational Attraction, Gravitational Force, Gravity
Category relationships: Natural Philosophy, Physics
Generic synonyms: Attraction, Attractive Force
Specialized synonyms: Solar Gravity
Derivative terms: Gravitate, Gravitational, Gravitate

2. Noun. Movement downward resulting from gravitational attraction. "Irrigation by gravitation rather than by pumps"
Generic synonyms: Change Of Location, Travel
Specialized synonyms: Drop, Fall
Derivative terms: Gravitate, Gravitational
Antonyms: Levitation

3. Noun. A figurative movement toward some attraction. "The gravitation of the middle class to the suburbs"
Generic synonyms: Drift, Movement, Trend
Derivative terms: Gravitate, Gravitate

Definition of Gravitation

1. n. The act of gravitating.

Definition of Gravitation

1. Noun. (physics) The fundamental force of attraction that exists between all particles with mass in the universe. It is the weakest of the four forces, and possesses a gauge boson known as the graviton. ¹

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Definition of Gravitation

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Medical Definition of Gravitation

1. Acceleration produced by the mutual attraction of two masses, and of magnitude inversely proportional to the square of the distance between the two centres of mass. It is also the force imparted by the earth, moon, or a planet to an object near its surface. (12 Dec 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Gravitation

gravitation (current term)
gravitation abscess
gravitation wave
gravitational attraction
gravitational collapse
gravitational constant
gravitational convection
gravitational field
gravitational fields
gravitational force
gravitational interaction
gravitational lens
gravitational lenses

Literary usage of Gravitation

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1. The Century Dictionary: An Encyclopedic Lexicon of the English Language by William Dwight Whitney (1889)
"[The words gravity and gravitation have been more or less confounded; ... The direction of gravitation In middle latitudes is inclined about II-. ..."

2. The Positive Philosophy of Auguste Comte by Auguste Comte, Frederic Harrison (1896)
"One more consideration remains to be ad- gravitation is verted to. ... The gravitation of molecules is therefore the only real one ; and that of masses is ..."

3. The Story of the Heavens by Robert Stawell Ball (1885)
"Tho Effect of Motion—How a Circular Path can be produced by Attraction—General Account of the Moon's Motion—Is gravitation a Force of great Intensity ? ..."

4. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann, Edward Aloysius Pace, Condé Bénoist Pallen, Thomas Joseph Shahan, John Joseph Wynne (1913)
"In 1749 d'Alembert deduced from the hypothesis of gravitation the explanation of the precession of the equinoxes and of the nutation of the earth's axis; ..."

5. The Monthly Review by Charles William Wason (1831)
"And since where gravitation of a centripetal sort has by narrow tubes its further descent and pressure downwards so interfered with, as to leave gravitation ..."

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