non·​grav·​i·​ta·​tion·​al | \ ˌnän-ˌgra-və-ˈtā-shnəl How to pronounce nongravitational (audio) , -shə-nᵊl \

Definition of nongravitational

: not of, relating to, or caused by gravitation : not gravitational Each time a periodic comet revisits the inner solar system, it can experience the gentle effects of dust-bearing gas jets erupting on its sun-warmed surface. These so-called nongravitational forces can advance or retard a comet's date of return by hours or years.— Daniel Pendick

Examples of nongravitational in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The results, published in Nature today, bring physicists one step closer to the distant goal of reconciling gravity with quantum mechanics, the theory underlying all of nongravitational physics. Ben Brubaker, Scientific American, 10 Mar. 2021 This scenario would require a close approach to the star but not so close as to vaporize all the water ice, which would be needed to supply the nongravitational acceleration detected in ‘Oumuamua. Scientific American, 26 Jan. 2021 Harvard & Smithsonian proposed that the nongravitational force could be caused by sunlight, which exerts a weak pressure on any object placed in its path. David Jewitt, Scientific American, 1 Oct. 2020 The correspondence states that a gravitational system in AdS space can be equivalent to a nongravitational quantum system in one fewer dimension. Quanta Magazine, 11 May 2020

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First Known Use of nongravitational

1902, in the meaning defined above

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“Nongravitational.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2022.

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