grav·​i·​ta·​tion | \ ˌgra-və-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce gravitation (audio) \

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 How to pronounce gravitational (audio) , -​shə-​nᵊl \ adjective
gravitationally adverb
gravitative \ ˈgra-​və-​ˌtā-​tiv How to pronounce gravitative (audio) \ adjective

Examples of gravitation in a Sentence

the gravitation of young people to computer careers
Recent Examples on the Web Taking the long way 'round, so to speak, capitalizes on the planet's gravitation pull in an effort to save fuel on the journey to Mercury. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, "Astonishing New Images Show Venus Like You've Never Seen It Before," 16 Oct. 2020 The platforming holds up, which is complemented by fun and creative design decisions like differing gravitation pulls and the sheer excitement of exploration. Washington Post, "The greatness of ‘Super Mario Galaxy’ is undermined by poor controls on Switch," 23 Sep. 2020 But for these two massive black holes to meet, the galaxy in which their previous collisions occurred would have to have been incredibly crowded and had enough of a gravitation pull to keep the black holes relatively close together. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, "Two Black Holes Smashed and Completely Changed What We Know About the Universe," 8 Sep. 2020 Her choice of a sleek, but bouncy hairstyle is in total accordance with her gravitation towards hair accessories—so naturally her wedding would be no different. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "What Hairstyle Did Princess Beatrice Wear for Her Wedding?," 18 July 2020 These abstract constructs have proved very powerful — in the theory of gravitation, for instance. Quanta Magazine, "Why Our Perpetual Energy Puzzle Fails," 22 May 2020 The trend represents a stark reversal from the national gravitation toward more natural foods in recent years, which had benefited products viewed as healthier. Nathan Bomey, USA TODAY, "Americans are 'craving comfort food' during coronavirus: Cereal, snacks, baked goods fly off shelves," 9 Apr. 2020 Astronomers can see large bright suns, known as S-type stars, swooping in close, but Bakala thinks that older and dimmer objects such as neutron stars could, through a quirk of gravitation, make their presence known. Daniel Clery, Science | AAAS, "Could a habitable planet orbit a black hole?," 4 Feb. 2020 Founded in 1892, Vogue‘s earliest covers were all illustrated; the magazine later became one of the first periodicals to run a cover with a color photograph in 1932, per the New York Times, amid a larger gravitation towards photography. Time, "The New Issue of Italian 'Vogue' Has Replaced Glossy Fashion Shoots With Illustrations, In Move Towards Sustainability," 7 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of gravitation

circa 1645, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of gravitation was circa 1645

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30 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Gravitation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Nov. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of gravitation

technical : 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 How to pronounce gravitation (audio) \

Kids Definition of gravitation

2 : movement to or toward something


grav·​i·​ta·​tion | \ ˌgrav-ə-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce gravitation (audio) \

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 How to pronounce gravitational (audio) \ adjective
gravitationally \ -​ē How to pronounce gravitationally (audio) \ adverb

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