from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. See dead-center.
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"If I recollect, they were actually fired to give the car a fillip when it reached the dead-point on its way back to the earth."
The charge of gun-cotton was calculated to give the projectile a velocity sufficient to carry it past the 'dead-point,' where the gravity of the earth upon it was just balanced by that of the moon, and enable it to fall towards the moon for the rest of the way.
The car had reached the 'dead-point' where the attractive powers of the sun and planet over it just balanced each other; but as that of the planet grew feebler the balance turned, and the car was drawn with ever accelerating velocity towards the sun. "
"We have reached the 'dead-point,' where the attraction of Mercury on the car is balanced by the attraction of the sun.