Definition of Gravitational collapse

1. Noun. The implosion of a star resulting from its own gravity; the result is a smaller and denser celestial object.

Generic synonyms: Implosion

Definition of Gravitational collapse

1. Noun. The stage in the evolution of a star in which the pressure of the star is insufficient to maintain it at a stable size, and its material falls inward under its own gravitational attraction, eventually forming a black hole or a neutron star, and sometimes accompanied by a supernova explosion. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Gravitational Collapse

gravitation abscess
gravitation wave
gravitational attraction
gravitational collapse (current term)
gravitational constant
gravitational convection
gravitational field
gravitational fields
gravitational force
gravitational interaction
gravitational lens
gravitational lenses
gravitational lensing
gravitational propulsion
gravitational radiation
gravitational redshift
gravitational singularities

Literary usage of Gravitational collapse

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1. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1883)
"Since 1966 it has been known that a singularity develops during gravitational collapse. Some physicists believe that the full understanding of this ..."

2. Volcanic Ash and Aviation Safety: Proceedings of the First International edited by T. J. Casadevall (1995)
"Also, if the eruptive mixture does not entrain sufficient air to attain a bulk density less than that of the ambient atmosphere, gravitational collapse of ..."

3. Paradoxes of Free Will by Gunther Siegmund Stent (2002)
"... with the Big Bang about 10-15 billion years ago and can look forward to an (at least conceivable) end upon the gravitational collapse of the Big Crunch. ..."

4. Fluid Flow Through Faults and Fractures in Argillaceous Formations by Nuclear Energy Agency (1998)
"... followed by late stage strike-slip and oblique extension as the orogen undergoes gravitational collapse. Although the breccia structures and fluid types ..."

5. A Briefer History of Time: From the Big Bang to the Big Mac by Eric Schulman (1999)
"Star: A stable sphere of mostly hydrogen and helium gas supported against gravitational collapse by nuclear fusion in the core. At a distance of roughly 93 ..."

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