attractive force

/əˌtræktɪv fɔrs/

Other forms: attractive forces

Definitions of attractive force
  1. noun
    the force by which one object attracts another
    synonyms: attraction
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    repulsion, repulsive force
    the force by which bodies repel one another
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    (immunology) the attraction between an antigen and an antibody
    bond, chemical bond
    an electrical force linking atoms
    gravitation, gravitational attraction, gravitational force, gravity
    (physics) the force of attraction between all masses in the universe; especially the attraction of the earth's mass for bodies near its surface
    magnetic attraction, magnetic force, magnetism
    attraction for iron; associated with electric currents as well as magnets; characterized by fields of force
    van der Waal's forces
    relatively weak attraction between neutral atoms and molecules arising from polarization induced in each particle by the presence of other particles
    covalent bond
    a chemical bond that involves sharing a pair of electrons between atoms in a molecule
    cross-link, cross-linkage
    a side bond that links two adjacent chains of atoms in a complex molecule
    hydrogen bond
    a chemical bond consisting of a hydrogen atom between two electronegative atoms (e.g., oxygen or nitrogen) with one side be a covalent bond and the other being an ionic bond
    electrostatic bond, electrovalent bond, ionic bond
    a chemical bond in which one atom loses an electron to form a positive ion and the other atom gains an electron to form a negative ion
    metallic bond
    a chemical bond in which electrons are shared over many nuclei and electronic conduction occurs
    peptide bond, peptide linkage
    the primary linkage of all protein structures; the chemical bond between the carboxyl groups and amino groups that unites a peptide
    solar gravity
    the gravity of the sun
    magnetism produced by an electric current
    magnetic field creates parallel but opposing spins; varies with temperature
    phenomenon exhibited by materials like copper or bismuth that become magnetized in a magnetic field with a polarity opposite to the magnetic force; unlike iron they are slightly repelled by a magnet
    phenomenon exhibited by materials like iron (nickel or cobalt) that become magnetized in a magnetic field and retain their magnetism when the field is removed
    materials like aluminum or platinum become magnetized in a magnetic field but it disappears when the field is removed
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    (physics) the influence that produces a change in a physical quantity
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