of, caused by, or powered by gravity
To the great weapons…he added…ball magnetic and ball gravitic bombs.
It is described as an elongated ellipsoid of about five million miles along major axis and the gravitic equivalent at center is estimated to be of the order of several thousand megabars. Correspondingly strong ‘highs’ have been detected both above and below it as well as in front of and behind it, so that extraecliptic travel lanes are as impassable as the usual ones. Gravitic gradients throughout Mars-Jupiter sector at new record and zeta emanation abundant.
Some structural damage was suffered by the vessel owing to pounding by gravitic waves, but she returned to base without assistance.
You see, there are three types of energy fields known to exist in space; electric, magnetic, and gravitic or gravitational.
Gravitic phenomena propagates at the speed of light raised to the power of 2.71828—That’s our limiting velocity.
The elevator was of the new sort that ran by gravitic repulsion.
The message was only intermittantly comprehensible. ‘… gravitic mine, lost all power.’
Now it’s a colossal mausoleum, but is there a force-field ramp in the place? A slideway? A gravitic lift?—No, just these steps.
I grinned, thinking about that, and suddenly it hit me that it really was over, that I was done with Lise, and that now she'd be sucked off to Hollywood as inexorably as if she'd poked her toe into a black hole, drawn down by the unthinkable gravitic tug of Big Money.
The up-and-coming weapon for ship-to-ship fighting in the last couple of years seemed to be the gravitic imploder lance, a modification of tractor-beam technology; variously-designed artificial-gravity shields were still lagging behind in protection from it.
But right now they are using a supplementary gravitic engine to hasten progress, fleeing unexpected chaos in this stellar system.
That’s what’s causing the gravitic shifts, he suspects; too much mass and breadth in one place at the same time. Perhaps because of this inherent contradiction with the laws of Normal New York physics, however, that vision never lasts.
John W. Campbell, Jr., "The Mightiest Machine"
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