from The Century Dictionary.
- Tending to produce motion in a body; specifically, in electricity, noting the electrodynamic force excited between two adjacent conductors carrying currents, in distinction from electromotive force.
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- adjective able to
movea weight(or anything having mass)
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Brian Wang has been poking around the webpages of NIAC NASA Institute for Advanced Concepts, and has rounded up some interesting projects, including solar shields to prevent global warming, ‘photonic muscle telescopes’ and ‘ponderomotive propulsion’ systems.
The participation of matter in electromagnetic phenomena has its origin only in the fact that the elementary particles of matter carry unalter - able electric charges, and, on this account are subject on the one hand to the actions of ponderomotive forces and on the other hand possess the property of generating a field.
The optical lattice, formed with intense, interfering laser beams, is what provides the ponderomotive force.
"ponderomotive force" that allows them to secure a whole atom by holding fast to one electron --- the sole valence shell particle in the rubidium Rydberg atoms.