gravitate

Definitions

  • Gravitational pull
    Gravitational pull
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v gravitate move due to the pull of gravitation "The stars gravitate towards each other"
    • v gravitate be attracted to "Boys gravitate towards girls at that age"
    • v gravitate move toward "The conversation gravitated towards politics"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Sir Isaac Newton was only 23 years old when he discovered the law of universal gravitation.
    • v. i Gravitate To obey the law of gravitation; to exert a force or pressure, or tend to move, under the influence of gravitation; to tend in any direction or toward any object. "Why does this apple fall to the ground? Because all bodies gravitate toward each other.""Politicians who naturally gravitate towards the stronger party."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: There is air in space, but very little of it. In fact, it is equivalent to a marble in a box 5 miles wide. Most of the gas is captured by the gravitational pull of other celestial bodies.Thanx M.Lerner
    • gravitate To be affected by gravitation; yield to the force of gravity; tend toward the lowest level attainable, as a rock loosened from a mountain.
    • gravitate Hence To be strongly attracted; have a natural tendency toward a certain point or object.
    • gravitate To allow to fall or move downward under the action of gravitation; manipulate (as gravel, in diamond-mining) so that the heavier portions sink to the bottom.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: You would need to travel at 6.95 miles per second to escape the Earth’s gravitational pull. This is equivalent to traveling from New York to Philadelphia in about twenty seconds.
    • v.i Gravitate to be acted on by gravity: to tend towards the earth: to be strongly attracted towards anything
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Quotations

  • James Allen
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    “No temptation can gravitate to a man unless there is that is his heart which is capable of responding to it”
  • Leon Trotsky
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    “Not believing in force is the same as not believing in gravitation.”
  • Albert Einstein
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    “Gravitation can not be held responsible for people falling in love”
  • Terry Eagleton
    Terry Eagleton
    “It is silly to call fat people gravitationally challenged -- a self-righteous fetishism of language which is no more than a symptom of political frustration.”
  • Orison Swett Marden
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    “Power gravitates to the man who knows how.”
  • Tom Stoppard
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    “Responsibilities gravitate to the person who can shoulder them.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. graviter., See Gravity.
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. gravité—L. gravitat-emgravis, heavy.

Usage

In literature:

Let us take the law of gravitation as an example.
"The Concept of Nature" by Alfred North Whitehead
For a few years after 1864 his art was especially affected by that of Edwin Booth; but the style to which he finally gravitated was his own.
"Shadows of the Stage" by William Winter
In a year they would gravitate to the University.
"Little Journeys To The Homes Of Great Teachers" by Elbert Hubbard
This one law, of course, would have been the law of gravitation.
"A Candid Examination of Theism" by George John Romanes
Newton, dozing under an apple-tree, is hit on the head by a falling apple, and there follows the law of gravitation.
"Germany and the Germans" by Price Collier
The Law of Gravitation!
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great - Volume 12" by Elbert Hubbard
She was very quiet: her ball of yarn slipped away, lacking proper gravitation.
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, Volume 22. October, 1878." by Various
On the moon, where the force of gravitation is one-sixth as great as upon the earth, we had found ourselves astonishingly light.
"Edison's Conquest of Mars" by Garrett Putman Serviss
Quo sensu dubios, qua gravitate mones!
"A New System; or, an Analysis of Antient Mythology. Volume I." by Jacob Bryant
Gravitation does not flow from the nature of matter, but is a mode of God's uniform efficiency.
"What is Darwinism?" by Charles Hodge
Newton found out gravitation, by reasoning on the fall of an apple from the tree.
"An Author's Mind" by Martin Farquhar Tupper
Solar magnetism in no wise accounts for the sun's gravitational power.
"The New Heavens" by George Ellery Hale
Gravitation is an instrument he employs for the control of the material world.
"History of Rationalism Embracing a Survey of the Present State of Protestant Theology" by John F. Hurst
Turn it back, and gravitation asserts itself.
"A Honeymoon in Space" by George Griffith
The unresisted force of gravitation would, in far less than an eternity, draw all things together toward the center of gravity of the universe.
"Fables of Infidelity and Facts of Faith" by Robert Patterson
There are no suburbs accessible without a severe struggle with the attraction of gravitation.
"Atlantic Monthly, Volume 20, No. 118, August, 1887" by Various
A man whose whole mental composition gravitates behind his ears, must find a mate with the same animal disposition.
"Plain Facts for Old and Young" by John Harvey Kellogg
The law of spiritual gravitation is little understood.
"Autographs for Freedom, Volume 2 (of 2) (1854)" by Various
Then a straight dive to Manon unless, of course, gravitic storm shifts forced the ship to surface temporarily.
"Legacy" by James H Schmitz
Man is as irrevocably chained to his deeds as the atoms are chained by gravitation.
"Architects of Fate" by Orison Swett Marden
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In poetry:

For truth must live with truth, self-sacrifice
Seek out its great allies;
Good must find good by gravitation sure,
And love with love endure.
"Within The Gate" by John Greenleaf Whittier
I AM he that aches with amorous love;
Does the earth gravitate? Does not all matter, aching, attract all
matter?
So the Body of me, to all I meet, or know.
"I Am He That Aches With Love" by Walt Whitman
Men of a thousand shifts and wiles, look here!
See one straightforward conscience put in pawn
To win a world; see the obedient sphere
By bravery's simple gravitation drawn!
"To W.L. Garrison" by James Russell Lowell
But gravitation's law, of course,
As Isaac Newton showed it,
Exerted on the cheese its force,
And elsewhere soon bestowed it.
In fact, there is no need to tell
What happened when to earth it fell.
"The Sycophantic Fox And The Gullible Raven" by Guy Wetmore Carryl

In news:

Space- warping white dwarfs produce gravitational waves.
Gravitational waves, much like the recently discovered Higgs boson, are notoriously difficult to observe.
HARPS, a spectrograph on the European Southern Observatory's 3.6 meter telescope in La Silla, Chile, works by looking for telltale " wobbles " in a star, caused by an orbiting planet gravitationally tugging on the star.
But they're also in the midst of a gravitational plunge unlike anything most living humans have ever witnessed.
Goddard physicist Babak Saif is part of a team from Stanford University and AOSense, Inc, a Sunnyvale, Calif.-based company, that has received NASA funding to use atom optics to detect theoretically predicted gravitational waves.
I tended to gravitate more toward the chocolate cake at potluck suppers.
When the weather is warm and bodies gravitate outdoors, having an outdoor space can enhance outdoor living.
The Sun is so distant that any difference in its gravitational or tidal forces between the equinoxes and other days is completely insignificant.
Being of Irish descent, it's probably a natural progression that I gravitate toward this beverage.
He learned to play most everything but gravitated to the fiddle.
The cloud community and anyone with an opinion if not immediately, periodically and frequently gravitate to the question of cost.
Gravitational tugs could make high tides rise even more.
Many start-up investors claim they look for offbeat ideas put forth by gifted entrepreneurs, but in reality they often gravitate toward businesses that resemble past successes.
While we're on the subject of music, scientific research offers an explanation of why we gravitate to sounds, tones.
If there's one coach who knows the importance of a legit point guard to his team, it's Mike D'Antoni, who gravitated towards Steve Nash several years ago in Phoenix and now in Los Angeles.
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In science:

The equations of motion of the fluid and the gravitational Einstein equations are derived from the variation of (1) with respect to the fluid and gravitational variables.
Spin-driven inflation
Gravitational radiation is locally defined where the wavefronts are roughly spherical. A local energy tensor is defined for the gravitational radiation.
Gravitational radiation, energy and reaction on quasi-spherical black holes
In short, the quasi-spherical approximation allows a local definition of the energy-momentum-stress of gravitational radiation, and therefore of the radiation itself: gravitational radiation is present at a given point if and only if Θ is non-zero there.
Gravitational radiation, energy and reaction on quasi-spherical black holes
Then a gravitational wave is gravitational radiation which is peaked in frequency space.
Gravitational radiation, energy and reaction on quasi-spherical black holes
If Θ is to measure the energy of the gravitational radiation, then gravitational radiation reaction, the backreaction on the space-time, should be described by including Θ as a matter energy tensor in the truncated Einstein equations.
Gravitational radiation, energy and reaction on quasi-spherical black holes
The first nonlinear gravitational effects appear at order κ4 in the gravitational coupling.
M(atrix) Theory: Matrix Quantum Mechanics as a Fundamental Theory
The evidence of existence of strong gravitational fields in our Universe led to the study of the quantum effects of material fields in external classical gravitational field.
On the role of $\Lambda$-term in the evolution of Bianchi-I cosmological model with nonlinear spinor field
The model discussed in this paper has local gravitational gauge symmetry and gravitational field is represented by gauge field.
Gauge Theory of Gravity
In this Lagrangian, gravitational field appears as the gauge field of the gravitational gauge symmetry.
Gauge Theory of Gravity
It also states that, except for energy-momentum operator, there is no other generator for gravitational gauge transformation, such as, angular momentum operator Mµν can not be the generator of gravitational gauge transformation.
Gauge Theory of Gravity
According to rule 2 of gauge principle, the gravitational interactions will be completely determined by the requirement of the local gravitational gauge symmetry.
Gauge Theory of Gravity
According to gauge principle, the gravitational gauge group is the symmetry of gravitational interactions.
Gauge Theory of Gravity
The non-Able nature of gravitational gauge group will cause self-interactions of gravitational gauge field.
Gauge Theory of Gravity
For gravitational gauge field, its gravitational gauge transformation is not the inverse transformation of its space-time translation.
Gauge Theory of Gravity
Through gravitational gauge symmetry, we can determine the whole gravitational interactions among various kinds of fields.
Gauge Theory of Gravity
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