center of mass
Date: 1862 the point in a body or system of bodies at which the whole mass may be considered as concentrated

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • center of mass — Mech. the point at which the entire mass of a body may be considered concentrated for some purposes; formally, the point such that the first moment of a physical or geometric object about every line through the point is zero. Cf. moment (def. 8) …   Universalium

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  • Center of population — with a mean distance of convert|5000|km|sigfig=1|sp=us. Its antipodal point is correspondingly the farthest point from everyone on earth, and is located in the South Pacific near 15000|km|sp=us.In demographics, the center of population of a… …   Wikipedia

  • center of gravity — Date: 1648 1. center of mass 2. the point at which the entire weight of a body may be considered as concentrated so that if supported at this point the body would remain in equilibrium in any position 3. center 2a …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • center of gravity — 1. Mech. the point through which the resultant of gravitational forces on a body passes and from which the resultant force of attraction of the body on other bodies emanates: coincident with the center of mass in a uniform gravitational field. 2 …   Universalium

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