Roche limit

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noun \ˈrȯsh-, ˈrōsh-\

Definition of Roche limit

  1. :  the distance from a planet's center within which a satellite can neither approach nor reside without being disrupted by tidal forces

Origin and Etymology of roche limit

English A. Roche †1883 French mathematician


First Known Use: 1889


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