principle of equivalence

principle of equivalence
(physics) the principle that an observer has no way of distinguishing whether his laboratory is in a uniform gravitational field or is in an accelerated frame of reference
Topics: ↑physics, ↑natural philosophy
Hypernyms: ↑principle, ↑rule

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: a principle in the general theory of relativity: the mass of a body as measured by its resistance to acceleration under the action of a force is equal to the mass as measured by the effect of a gravitational field on the body

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principle of equivalence noun
A statement of the theory of relativity, shown by an observer being unable to distinguish whether the laboratory is in a uniform gravitational field or in an accelerated frame of reference
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