barycentre

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bary- +‎ centre

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barycentre (plural barycentres)

  1. (mathematics, physics, astronomy) The point at the centre of a system; an average point, weighted according to mass or other attribute. The term is usually used in astronomy for the centre of mass about which a system rotates, for example, the moon and the earth rotate about a common point within the earth but not near the centre. Jupiter and the Sun rotate about a common point just outside the surface of the Sun.

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From Ancient Greek βάρος (báros, weight) + centre.

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barycentre m (plural barycentres)

  1. barycenter

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