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English noun: gravitation

1. gravitation (phenomenon) (physics) the force of attraction between all masses in the universe; especially the attraction of the earth's mass for bodies near its surface


SamplesThe 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.


Synonymsgravitational attraction, gravitational force, gravity


Broader (hypernym)attraction, attractive force


Narrower (hyponym)solar gravity


Domain categorynatural philosophy, physics

2. gravitation (event) movement downward resulting from gravitational attraction


SamplesIrrigation by gravitation rather than by pumps.


Broader (hypernym)change of location, travel


Narrower (hyponym)drop, fall


Antonymslevitation

3. gravitation (cognition) a figurative movement toward some attraction


SamplesThe gravitation of the middle class to the suburbs.


Broader (hypernym)drift, movement, trend









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