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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  gravitation 
  n  :  the  force  of  attraction  between  all  masses  in  the  universe; 
  especially  the  attraction  of  the  earth's  mass  for  bodies 
  near  its  surface;  "gravitation  cannot  be  held  responsible 
  for  people  falling  in  love"--Albert  Einstein  [syn:  {gravity}, 
  {gravitational  attraction},  {gravitational  force}] 
 
  From  THE  DEVIL'S  DICTIONARY  ((C)1911  Released  April  15  1993)  [devils]: 
 
  GRAVITATION,  n.  The  tendency  of  all  bodies  to  approach  one  another 
  with  a  strength  proportion  to  the  quantity  of  matter  they  contain  -- 
  the  quantity  of  matter  they  contain  being  ascertained  by  the  strength 
  of  their  tendency  to  approach  one  another.  This  is  a  lovely  and 
  edifying  illustration  of  how  science,  having  made  A  the  proof  of  B, 
  makes  B  the  proof  of  A. 
 
 




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