from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun The region, usually described as spherical, marking the outer boundary of a black hole, inside which the gravitational force is strong enough to prevent all matter and radiation from escaping.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun (Physics, Astron.) the boundary surface surrounding a
black hole, from outside of which nothing inside can be observed, because nothing inside that surface, even light, can escape beyond it. See also black holeand escape velocity.
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- noun astrophysics The
gravitational sphereof a black holewithin which the escape velocityis greater than the speed of light, causing time to practically stop.
- noun A point of no return, by analogy to the astronomical usage
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