relativistic

adjective
rel·​a·​tiv·​is·​tic | \ ˌre-lə-ti-ˈvi-stik How to pronounce relativistic (audio) \

Definition of relativistic

1 : of, relating to, or characterized by relativity or relativism
2 : moving at a velocity such that there is a significant change in properties (such as mass) in accordance with the theory of relativity a relativistic electron

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Other Words from relativistic

relativistically \ ˌre-​lə-​ti-​ˈvi-​sti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce relativistically (audio) \ adverb

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Use the momentum principle along with relativistic momentum to calculate the final velocity of the spacecraft. Rhett Allain, WIRED, "How Fast Do Spacecraft Travel in The Expanse?," 31 May 2018 That notion has taken root in our relativistic culture. WSJ, "Notable & Quotable: Betsy DeVos," 18 Sep. 2018 CMEs can create a kind of solar wind on steroids, generating shock waves that push energetic particles to relativistic speeds, or velocities that approach the speed of light. Jay Bennett, Popular Mechanics, "The New Science of the Sun Will Be Astounding—And Possibly Terrifying," 9 Aug. 2018 Then there is TeVeS (tensor-vector-scalar), MOND’s relativistic cousin. Katia Moskvitch, WIRED, "Troubled Times for Alternatives to Einstein’s Theory of Gravity," 6 May 2018 One was a single, sharp peak that lasted only 30 microseconds, which suggests an event that comes from an extremely small area of space (in the neighborhood of 10km, although relativistic effects could change that value). John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Whatever causes fast radio bursts is sitting in an intense magnetic field," 15 Jan. 2018 Which is not to imply half the country is purely rational and the other are relativistic nutcases. Christopher Borrelli, chicagotribune.com, "'Fantasyland' author Kurt Andersen on how Americans believe what they want," 11 Sep. 2017 The strange quark can decay in a way that converts this into a proton, which can be spotted using the detector hardware at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Taking quark-gluon plasma for a spin may un-break a fundamental symmetry," 2 Aug. 2017 The binary nature of American politics often creates cascades of relativistic morality, but 2016 was the Niagara Falls of downward definitions of deviancy. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "Relatively deadly," 19 June 2017

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First Known Use of relativistic

1886, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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