FitzGerald contraction


Fitz·​Ger·​ald contraction
: a longitudinal contraction that according to relativity theory every moving body is believed to undergo in the dimension parallel to the direction of motion

Word History


after George F. FitzGerald †1901 Irish physicist

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“FitzGerald contraction.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

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