grav·​i·​ta·​tion | \ˌgra-və-ˈtā-shən \

Definition of gravitation 

1 : a force manifested by acceleration toward each other of two free material particles or bodies or of radiant-energy quanta : gravity sense 3a(2)

2 : the action or process of gravitating

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Other Words from gravitation

gravitational \ ˌgra-​və-​ˈtā-​shnəl , -​shə-​nᵊl \ adjective
gravitationally adverb
gravitative \ ˈgra-​və-​ˌtā-​tiv \ adjective

Examples of gravitation in a Sentence

the gravitation of young people to computer careers

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Supermassive black holes, with a gravitation pull so strong that light can't escape, are present in most galaxies, the researchers said. USA TODAY, "Supermassive black hole violently swallows star, and researchers watch," 15 June 2018 There is even, at times, a certain mischievous glee detectable in his gravitation toward the gothic, the grotesque and the creepy. Katherine A. Powers, WSJ, "‘Last Stories’ Review: A 20th-Century Chekhov," 11 May 2018 All other planets orbit the sun in perfect accord with Isaac Newton’s laws of motion and gravitation, but Mercury appeared to advance a tiny amount with each orbit, a phenomenon known as perihelion precession. Katia Moskvitch, WIRED, "Troubled Times for Alternatives to Einstein’s Theory of Gravity," 6 May 2018 Such quantities as the velocity of light, c, Newton’s constant of gravitation, G, and the mass of the electron, me, are assumed to be the same at all places and times in the universe. John D. Barrow And John K. Webb, Scientific American, "Shifting Universal "Constants" Could Reveal Space's Hidden Dimensions," 25 Jan. 2012 Stephen studied time from the perspective of Einstein’s theory of gravitation, the general theory of relativity. John Preskill, Time, "Remembering Stephen Hawking’s Greatest Scientific Accomplishment — and My Famous Bet Against Him," 15 Mar. 2018 His work also encompassed large N cosmology, Yang-Mills instantons and the S matrix, anti de Sitter space, quantum entanglement, the Brans-Dicke and Hoyle-Narlikar theories of gravitation and Euclidean quantum gravity. The Economist, "Stephen Hawking, one of the world’s great physicists, has died," 14 Mar. 2018 Facebook, Twitter, and other companies have built on that pre-existing gravitation toward focusing on and amplifying our emotions. Inkoo Kang, Slate Magazine, "Why is everyone tweeting about how the year’s best movies made them cry?," 2 Jan. 2018 Then there are those that don't use a weird metric to separate gravitation from everything else. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Colliding neutron stars apply kiss of death to theories of gravity," 25 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of gravitation

circa 1645, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of gravitation

: the natural force that causes things to fall towards the earth

: movement to or toward someone or something


grav·​i·​ta·​tion | \ˌgra-və-ˈtā-shən \

Kids Definition of gravitation

2 : movement to or toward something


grav·​i·​ta·​tion | \ˌgrav-ə-ˈtā-shən \

Medical Definition of gravitation 

: a force manifested by acceleration toward each other of two free material particles or bodies or of radiant-energy quanta as if they were particles (as in the bending of rays of starlight passing close to the sun) : an attraction between two bodies that is proportional to the product of their masses, inversely proportional to the square of the distance between them, and independent of their chemical nature or physical state and of intervening matter

Other Words from gravitation

gravitational \ -​shnəl, -​shən-​ᵊl \ adjective
gravitationally \ -​ē \ adverb

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