Lorentz-fitzgerald-contraction meaning

lôrənts-fĭts-jĕrld
The shortening of an object along its direction of motion as its speed approaches the speed of light, as measured by an observer at rest with respect to the object.
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The shortening of an object along its direction of motion as its speed approaches the speed of light, as measured by an observer at rest with respect to the body. Lorentz-FitzGerald contraction is an effect predicted by Einstein's theory of Special Relativity. It is named for Dutch physicist Hendrik Lorentz and Irish physicist George Francis FitzGerald (1851–1901), who independently proposed such a contraction.
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The decrease in length of a moving object in the direction of motion; measurable only at relativistic speeds.
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Origin of lorentz-fitzgerald-contraction

  • After Hendrik Lorentz and George Francis FitzGerald (1851–1901), Irish physicist

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition