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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Another major contribution by Newton was of course his law of gravitation.
▪ However, the parallel between a linear acceleration and gravitation is conceptually simpler.
▪ Isaac Newton solved the final problem in the Copernican hypothesis by demonstrating that planetary motion was caused by gravitation.
▪ It is interesting to contrast gravitation with the other long-range force of nature - electromagnetism.
▪ It sounds almost like an adumbration of gravitation.
▪ Newton worried about that when his theory of gravitation required apparently instantaneous interaction between two distant objects.
▪ One example of a crucial event was the discovery of universal gravitation by Sir Isaac Newton in 1687.
▪ There was now a universal law of gravitation.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Gravitation \Grav"i*ta"tion\, n. [Cf. F. gravitation. See Gravity.]

  1. The act of gravitating.

  2. (Pysics) That species of attraction or force by which all bodies or particles of matter in the universe tend toward each other; called also attraction of gravitation, universal gravitation, and universal gravity. See Attraction, and Weight.

    Law of gravitation, that law in accordance with which gravitation acts, namely, that every two bodies or portions of matter in the universe attract each other with a force proportional directly to the quantity of matter they contain, and inversely to the squares of their distances.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1640s in physics sense, also figurative, from Modern Latin gravitationem (nominative gravitatio), noun of action from past participle stem of gravitare (see gravitate). Related: Gravitational.


n. (context physics English) The fundamental force of attraction that exists between all particles with mass in the universe. It is the weakest of the four forces, and possesses a gauge boson known as the graviton.

  1. n. (physics) the force of attraction between all masses in the universe; especially the attraction of the earth's mass for bodies near its surface; "the more remote the body the less the gravity"; "the gravitation between two bodies is proportional to the product of their masses and inversely proportional to the square of the distance between them"; "gravitation cannot be held responsible for people falling in love"--Albert Einstein [syn: gravity, gravitational attraction, gravitational force]

  2. movement downward resulting from gravitational attraction; "irrigation by gravitation rather than by pumps" [ant: levitation]

  3. a figurative movement toward some attraction; "the gravitation of the middle class to the suburbs"

Gravitation (manga)

is a yaoi manga series written and illustrated by Maki Murakami. The story follows the attempts of Shuichi Shindo and his band, Bad Luck, to become Japan's next musical sensation, and his struggles to capture Eiri Yuki's heart.

The manga was published by Gentosha and was serialized on Kimi to Boku starting in 1996 and ending in 2002. The manga has been licensed and published in English by Tokyopop, as well as a light novel. There is also the Gravitation Collection which consists of 6 volumes, each of which has two original volumes of Gravitation in it. A sequel, , was published in the web magazine Genzo from 2004 to 2009 and returned in 2011 to Web Spica.

Gravitation has also been adapted into a two episode OVA series in 1999 directed by Shinichi Watanabe and a thirteen-episode TV anime series directed by Bob Shirohata. The TV series aired in Japan from October 4, 2000 to January 10, 2001, on WOWOW Wednesdays at 18:30 and was reaired on Tokyo MX in 2007. The anime goes to roughly volume 7 of the manga. Both have been licensed for North American release by Nozomi Entertainment.

Gravitation (M. C. Escher)

Gravitation (also known as Gravity) is a mixed media work by the Dutch artist M. C. Escher completed in June 1952. It was first printed as a black-and-white lithograph and then coloured by hand in watercolour.

It depicts a nonconvex regular polyhedron known as the small stellated dodecahedron. Each facet of the figure has a trapezoidal doorway. Out of these doorways protrude the heads and legs of twelve turtles without shells, who are using the object as a common shell. The turtles are in six coloured pairs (red, orange, yellow, magenta, green and indigo) with each turtle directly opposite its counterpart.

Gravitation (disambiguation)

Gravitation is the mass-proportionate force of attraction among matter.

Gravitation may also refer to:

  • Newton's law of universal gravitation, the classical theory of gravitation
  • General relativity, the theory of gravitation published by Albert Einstein
  • Gravitation (book), a reference book about Einstein's theory of general relativity
  • Gravitation (film), a 1968 Yugoslav film
  • Gravitation (M. C. Escher), a mixed-media work by M. C. Escher
  • Gravitation (manga), a Yaoi/shonen-ai manga by Maki Murakami, and related media
Gravitation (film)

Gravitation ( Serbo-Croatian: Gravitacija ili fanstastična mladost činovnika Borisa Horvata; English: The Fantastic Youth of Bank Clerk Boris Horvat) is a Yugoslav film from Croatia directed by Branko Ivanda and starring Rade Šerbedžija. It was released in 1968.

Gravitation (book)

Gravitation is a physics book on Einstein's theory of gravity, written by Charles W. Misner, Kip S. Thorne, and John Archibald Wheeler and originally published by W. H. Freeman and Company in 1973. Owing to its prominence, it is often considered the early "bible" of general relativity by researchers, and is frequently called MTW after its authors' initials. To quote Ed Ehrlich

"'Gravitation' is such a prominent book on relativity that the initials of its authors MTW can be used by other books on relativity without explanation."

The book, whose size and shape at over 1200 pages, is similar to that of a large telephone book. The cover illustration, drawn by Kenneth Gwin, is a line drawing of an apple with cuts in the skin to show geodesics. There are 10 parts and 44 chapters, every part and chapter begins with a quotation. The bibliography has a long list of original sources and other notable books in the field. The level of the book is advanced, with the intended audience at the graduate-level and above.

Usage examples of "gravitation".

If that bond of gravitation that holds all worlds and systems together, were suddenly severed, the universe would fly into wild and boundless chaos.

Explorers and colonists met terrific, endless difficulties with bacteria, atmospheres, gravitations, chemical dangers.

Washburn has reported that infant baboons and other young primates appear to be born with only three inborn fears-of falling, snakes, and the dark-corresponding respectively to the dangers posed by Newtonian gravitation to tree-dwellers, by our ancient enemies the reptiles, and by mammalian nocturnal predators, which must have been particularly terrifying for the visually oriented primates.

Are not all bodies inclined to obey the laws of gravitation unless they are held back by a superior force?

But these cotyledons, after being extended horizontally, bowed themselves upwards as effectually as the unmutilated specimens in the same pots, showing that sensitiveness to gravitation is not confined to their tips.

When we speak of modified circumnutation we mean that light, or the alternations of light and darkness, gravitation, slight pressure or other irritants, and certain innate or constitutional states of the plant, do not directly cause the movement.

They are like animals and children, hearkening to the voice that first called them, following the habits first taught them, curiously stubborn in the errors grown habitual to them in youth, and with a strange tendency toward the lower, as though falling through the influence of a gravitation.

Leibniz’s letter—which is nothing more than a butcherous attack on my theory of gravitation!

For as the science of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries progressed, the mechanics of point masses was extended to describe gravitation, electrostatics, the behavior of rigid bodies, then of continuous deformable media, and so to fluids and things like kinetic theories of heat.

Back in 1970 I had known about the Babson Institute gravitation research but I had not expected anything to come of it-and nothing had.

Even if the existence of such universes were to follow firmly from well-established theories-of quantum mechanics or gravitation, say-we could not be sure that there weren't better theories that predict no alternative universes.

The law of gravitation was a rigid equation and it made no distinction between the fall of a leaf and the ponderous circling of a binary star system.

The far more preponderant gravitation of the blue dwarf exercised its dominant influence and forced the craft into a new course.

The forces of gravitation, electricity, or chemical affinity are only distinguished from one another in that they are differently defined by reason.

This parsimony of explanation parallels that of science, which moved from Aristotle's many special cases to general laws, like gravitation and classical mechanics, to explain the seen world.