Definition of gravitational in US English:

gravitational

adjective

  • 1Relating to movement toward a center of gravity.

    ‘the gravitational field of the comet is very weak’
    • ‘Successfully aloft, the ship is unable to break free of the gravitational pull of the unwelcome comet.’
    • ‘In one test, the pacemaker withstood a force 40 times that of the earth's gravitational pull.’
    • ‘Some scientists think globular clusters may actually be remnants of smaller "dwarf" galaxies, caught in the gravitational maw of their larger counterparts.’
    • ‘I remember my junior high school science teacher telling his class to forget about space travel because it was physically impossible to break through the gravitational pull of Earth's atmosphere.’
    • ‘Every object with mass exerts a gravitational force.’
    • ‘Most of the others were swept into the outer solar system by the gravitational effects of these new, huge, planets.’
    • ‘After exiting slipstream, the Andromeda is captured by the gravitational attraction of a small moon.’
    • ‘The Moon and the Sun also exert gravitational pulls on Earth, creating tides that we see as the twice-daily ebb and flow of the ocean.’
    • ‘This planet, the fourth in series from parent star Sun, is under the gravitational influence of its outward neighbour: Jupiter.’
    • ‘Scientists often try to predict volcanic eruptions by using lasers to study tiny gravitational changes in the surrounding earth.’
  • 2Denoting a forceful attraction or movement toward something.

    ‘for many international companies Russia's gravitational pull is simply too strong to resist’
    • ‘If you have young children and are planning a half term or New Year's break, you'll find Orlando's gravitational pull nearly impossible to resist.’
    • ‘He's the gravitational center of the movie, drawing in every character and situation and taking command of the screen.’
    • ‘Art, too, has its gravitational pull, its glamorous siren call.’
    • ‘The stronger the community, the easier it is to remain in its gravitational pull.’
    • ‘He quickly succumbed to the gravitational pull of the director of the university's artificial intelligence lab.’
    • ‘It is not simply stunning views that assert a gravitational pull.’
    • ‘It was time to expand beyond the gravitational orbit of New York.’
    • ‘In American letters, it is impossible to think long about hiddenness without coming into the gravitational field of Edgar Allan Poe.’
    • ‘By acquiring and integrating such sites, the company has increased its gravitational force.’
    • ‘The debate has left the gravitational pull of commonsense.’

Pronunciation

gravitational

/ˌɡravəˈtāSH(ə)nəl//ˌɡrævəˈteɪʃ(ə)nəl/