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FitzGer'ald contrac"tion



Physics.
the hypothesis that a moving body exhibits a contraction in the direction of motion when its velocity is close to the speed of light. Also called Fitz•Ger'ald-Lo'rentz contrac"tion Pronunciation: (fits-jer'uld lôr'ents, -lōr'-), [key] Lorentz-FitzGerald contraction.

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