In physics, gravitation is the force that pulls two masses toward each other. Believe it or not, every single particle of matter in the universe exerts gravitation on every other particle.

The terms gravitation and gravity are often used interchangeably for the attraction between everything with energy or mass. While gravity is specifically the pull of an object toward the Earth, gravitation describes this fundamental force more generally. Sir Isaac Newton's 17th-century Law of Gravitation states that "every particle attracts every other particle in the universe with a force directly proportional to the product of their masses and inversely proportional to the square of the distance between them."

Definitions of gravitation
  1. noun
    (physics) the force of attraction between all masses in the universe; especially the attraction of the earth's mass for bodies near its surface
    “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"--Albert Einstein”
    synonyms: gravitational attraction, gravitational force, gravity
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    solar gravity
    the gravity of the sun
    type of:
    attraction, attractive force
    the force by which one object attracts another
  2. noun
    movement downward resulting from gravitational attraction
    “irrigation by gravitation rather than by pumps”
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    movement upward by virtue of lightness
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    drop, fall
    a free and rapid descent by the force of gravity
    free fall
    the ideal falling motion of something subject only to a gravitational field
    a steep and rapid fall
    the act of casting down or falling headlong from a height
    type of:
    change of location, travel
    a movement through space that changes the location of something
  3. noun
    a figurative movement toward some attraction
    “the gravitation of the middle class to the suburbs”
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    drift, movement, trend
    a general tendency to change (as of opinion)
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