gravitational collapse

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gravitational collapse (countable and uncountable, plural gravitational collapses)

  1. The stage in the evolution of a star in which the pressure of the star is insufficient to maintain it at a stable size, and its material falls inward under its own gravitational attraction, eventually forming a black hole or a neutron star, and sometimes accompanied by a supernova explosion.