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

  • adj. Of or relating to relativism.
  • adj. Physics Of, relating to, or resulting from speeds approaching the speed of light: relativistic increase in mass.
  • adj. Physics Having to do with or based on the theory of relativity: relativistic mechanics.

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  • adj. of, or relating to relativity
  • adj. at, or near the speed of light
  • adj. of, or relating to relativism

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. of, pertaining to, or in conformity with the theory of relativity.
  • adj. moving at a speed sufficiently high that the changes of mass or time dilation predicted by the theory of relativity may be observed; moving at a significant fraction of the speed of light.

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

  • adj. of or relating to the philosophical doctrine of relativism
  • adj. relating or subject to the special or the general theory of relativity


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