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

Examples of relativistic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This kind of binary, non-relativistic thinking is holding back intelligent, considered decision-making in this country and contributing to the political polarization of responses to the coronavirus and its relationship to the recovery of our lives. Chris Jones,, "Column: Big Ten football is suddenly ‘safe’? In the reopening debate for sports and entertainment, that word is a lie.," 16 Sep. 2020 After quoting extensively from a Communist writer, Kengor dismisses the content of the quotation out of hand without making any argument: This, of course, is relativistic pabulum. Cameron Hilditch, National Review, "A Conservative’s Revisionist History Aims at Marx — and Misses the Mark," 3 Sep. 2020 Here the relativistic effects predicted by Einstein must be taken into account. Martin Rees, Scientific American, "How Astronomers Revolutionized Our View of the Cosmos," 18 Aug. 2020 The environment in which a lightning bolt forms typically has some loose electrons, and these get rapidly accelerated to relativistic speeds by the intense electrical fields. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Data from the International Space Station confirms: Lightning is insane," 10 Dec. 2019 The engine accelerates ions confined in a loop to moderate relativistic speeds, and then varies their velocity to make slight changes to their mass. Fox News, "NASA scientist creates engine concept that can reach 'close to the speed of light'," 16 Oct. 2019 Force, in relativistic terms, is defined by the equation \vec {F} =\gamma (\vec {v} )^{3}m_{0}\,\vec {a} _{\parallel }+\gamma (\vec {v} )m_{0}\,\vec {a} _{\perp }. Quanta Magazine, "How (Relatively) Simple Symmetries Underlie Our Expanding Universe," 27 Aug. 2019 Other atomic-scale carbon, like graphene, has shown excellent conductivity with electrons hitting relativistic speeds. John Wenz, Popular Mechanics, "Scientists Create Weird Form of Carbon That Could One Day Power an AI Brain," 15 Aug. 2019 Other physicists around the same time, including Benedict Friedlaender and August Föppl, held similar relativistic ideas. Sarah Scoles, Scientific American, "The Good Kind of Crazy: The Quest for Exotic Propulsion," 29 July 2019

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First Known Use of relativistic

1886, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Relativistic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Nov. 2020.

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