What is mass?


In physics, mass (from Greek μᾶζα "barley cake, lump (of dough)"), more specifically inertial mass, is a quantitative measure of an object's resistance to acceleration. In addition to this, gravitational mass is a measure of magnitude of the gravitational force which is

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Double Pendulum - Analysis
... limbs are taken to be identical compound pendulums of length and mass, and the motion is restricted to two dimensions ... In a compound pendulum, the mass is distributed along its length ... If the mass is evenly distributed, then the center of mass of each limb is at its midpoint, and the limb has a moment of inertia of about that point ...
Ordo Templi Orientis - Structure - O.T.O. Bodies
... They are encouraged to celebrate the Gnostic Mass ... III° and are required to perform the Gnostic Mass six times yearly ... Lodges are expected to celebrate the Gnostic Mass on a regular basis, work towards establishing a permanent temple, and have the ability to initiate through IV°/P.I ...
Origin of Mass
... In theoretical physics, a mass generation mechanism is a theory which attempts to explain the origin of mass from the most fundamental laws of physics ... been proposed which advocate different views at the origin of mass ... The problem is complicated by the fact that the notion of mass is strongly related to the gravitational interaction but a theory of the latter has not been ...
Unsprung Mass
... ground vehicle with a suspension, the unsprung weight (or the unsprung mass) is the mass of the suspension, wheels or tracks (as applicable), and other components directly ... The mass of the body and other components supported by the suspension is the sprung mass.) Unsprung weight includes the mass of components such as the wheel axles, wheel bearings, wheel hubs ...
Exotic Matter - Imaginary Mass
... A hypothetical particle with imaginary rest mass would always travel faster than the speed of light ... confirmed existence of tachyons If the rest mass is imaginary this implies that the denominator is imaginary since the total energy is an observable and thus must be real therefore the ... In quantum field theory, imaginary mass would induce tachyon condensation ...

More definitions of "mass":

  • (noun): A musical setting for a Mass.
    Example: "They played a Mass composed by Beethoven"
  • (noun): (Roman Catholic Church and Protestant Churches) the celebration of the Eucharist.
  • (noun): The property of a body that causes it to have weight in a gravitational field.
  • (noun): The property of something that is great in magnitude.
    Example: "He received a mass of correspondence"
    Synonyms: bulk, volume
  • (verb): Join together into a mass or collect or form a mass.
    Example: "Crowds were massing outside the palace"
  • (noun): A sequence of prayers constituting the Christian eucharistic rite.
    Example: "The priest said Mass"
  • (noun): An ill-structured collection of similar things (objects or people).
  • (adj): Occurring widely (as to many people).
    Example: "Mass destruction"
    Synonyms: large-scale
  • (noun): A body of matter without definite shape.
    Example: "A huge ice mass"

Famous quotes containing the word mass:

    The mass are animal, in pupilage, and near chimpanzee.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882)

    A pragmatic race, the Japanese appear to have decided long ago that the only reason for drinking alcohol is to become intoxicated and therefore drink only when they wish to be drunk.
    So I went out into the night and the neon and let the crowd pull me along, walking blind, willing myself to be just a segment of that mass organism, just one more drifting chip of consciousness under the geodesics.
    William Gibson (b. 1948)

    Masterpieces are not single and solitary births; they are the outcome of many years of thinking in common, of thinking by the body of the people, so that the experience of the mass is behind the single voice.
    Virginia Woolf (1882–1941)