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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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 Global positioning satellites have to continually adjust for relativistic effects caused by Earth’s gravity, and without those corrections, navigating using any kind of maps app would fail. National Geographic, "Extreme black hole vindicates Einstein (again)," 25 July 2019 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

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First Known Use of relativistic

1886, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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