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

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That universal law of gravitation worked pretty well for predicting the motion of planets as well as objects on Earth — and it's still used, for example, when making the calculations for a rocket launch. NBC News, "Einstein showed Newton was wrong about gravity. Now scientists are coming for Einstein.," 3 Aug. 2019 Power law distributions are seen in many physical situations, like the inverse square laws of gravitation and electric fields. Quanta Magazine, "How Network Math Can Help You Make Friends," 20 Aug. 2018 Descartes’ mechanical gravitation was less of a true scientific theory and more of a thought exercise. Meg Neal, Popular Mechanics, "The Eternal Quest for Aether, the Cosmic Stuff That Never Was," 19 Oct. 2018 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

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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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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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