gravitation

noun
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

Other Words from gravitation

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

Examples of gravitation in a Sentence

the gravitation of young people to computer careers
Recent Examples on the Web Although Palau’s gravitation towards individual, boundary-pushing characters has shaped his career from the beginning, there has never been a better time for #HAIRTESTS given the fashion industry’s long overdue embrace of inclusivity and diversity. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, 15 Nov. 2021 The sunlight’s intensity is less than half of Earth’s, and the gravitation pull is a third. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz, 9 Nov. 2021 Even though the Universe came into existence with only tiny imperfections to its uniformity, with deviations of just ~0.003% from the mean value, on average, gravitation is relentless and cosmic timescales are incredibly long. Ethan Siegel, Forbes, 1 Sep. 2021 At the same time, Ravelomanana’s gravitation toward music was a constant. Elizabeth Nonemaker, baltimoresun.com, 1 Oct. 2021 Even though the other fundamental forces of nature are far stronger, the weak and strong nuclear forces are only short-range forces, while the Universe is electrically neutral overall, leaving gravitation alone to dominate. Ethan Siegel, Forbes, 1 June 2021 The individual galaxies are pulled towards the central region by the mutual gravitation of not only all the galaxies, stars, gas, dust, plasma, and black holes inside these galaxy clusters, but all of the dark matter as well. Ethan Siegel, Forbes, 1 Sep. 2021 What if the expansion rate and the effects of gravitation were less perfectly balanced? Ethan Siegel, Forbes, 17 June 2021 In the early 20th century, Albert Einstein used Riemann’s metric tensor to develop General Relativity: a four-dimensional theory of spacetime and gravitation. Ethan Siegel, Forbes, 5 Mar. 2021

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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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24 Nov 2021

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“Gravitation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gravitation. Accessed 2 Dec. 2021.

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gravitation

noun

English Language Learners Definition of gravitation

: the natural force that causes things to fall towards the earth : gravity
: movement to or toward someone or something

gravitation

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

Kids Definition of gravitation

2 : movement to or toward something

gravitation

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

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