gravitation


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Synonyms for gravitation

(physics) the force of attraction between all masses in the universe

movement downward resulting from gravitational attraction

a figurative movement toward some attraction

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While the Martians are immense, their bones are very large and they are muscled only in proportion to the gravitation which they must overcome.
But just as the force of gravitation, incomprehensible in itself but felt by every man, is understood by us only to the extent to which we know the laws of inevitability to which it is subject (from the first knowledge that all bodies have weight, up to Newton's law), so too the force of free will, incomprehensible in itself but of which everyone is conscious, is intelligible to us only in as far as we know the laws of inevitability to which it is subject (from the fact that every man dies, up to the knowledge of the most complex economic and historic laws).
The great thing was the conception of the hypothesis, in itself an act of unconscious cerebration--a thing as unaccountable as the flashing, for instance, into Newton's mind of the principle of gravitation.
I 'm going to walk, after my lessons, so I wish you 'd wear your best hat and sack," answered Fanny, trying to stick her own hat on at an angle which defied all the laws of gravitation.
We merely explain it, as Newton explained gravitation.
He had invented several of the improvements that are incorporated in the later models of these generators, and I am convinced that he knows more concerning both the theory and the practice of screening gravitation than any living Pan-American.
In proportion as we recede from the earth the action of gravitation diminishes in the inverse ratio of the square of the distance; that is to say,
Barbicane's uneasiness increased as he saw his projectile resist the influence of gravitation.
This also tempted him, that he had in his hand one of the most awful engines of nature; I mean gravitation, that mad and quickening rush by which all earth's creatures fly back to her heart when released.
Round him I must revolve by the gravitation of spirits.
But his opinions never fluttered or drooped; he was as impartial to cities, countries and continents as the winds or gravitation.
I covered his right leg, and he was a one-legged man defying all laws of gravitation.
I guarantee that when he sees the apple fall he shall EAT IT, instead of discovering the principle of gravitation.
He fell upon me in accordance with the law by which he was moved--not of gravitation, like a detached stone, but of self-preservation.
The thoughts of worldly men are for ever regulated by a moral law of gravitation, which, like the physical one, holds them down to earth.