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gravitational collapse


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The implosion of a star or other celestial body under the influence of its own gravity, resulting in a body that is many times smaller and denser than the original body.
  • n. The process by which stars, star clusters, and galaxies form from interstellar gas under the influence of gravity.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The stage in the evolution of a star in which the pressure of the star is insufficient to maintain it at a stable size, and its material falls inward under its own gravitational attraction, eventually forming a black hole or a neutron star, and sometimes accompanied by a supernova explosion.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the implosion of a star resulting from its own gravity; the result is a smaller and denser celestial object


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