spaghettification

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Etymology[edit]

spaghetti +‎ -ification

Noun[edit]

spaghettification ‎(uncountable)

  1. (astrophysics) The stretching of objects into long thin shapes in a very strong gravitational field such as a black hole.
    • 1990, Grant Naylor, Better Than Life
      Spaghettification. Let me guess. I can see only two options: one — due to the bizarre effects of the intense gravitational pull, and because we're entering a region of time and space where the laws of physics no longer apply, we all of us inexplicably develop an irresistible urge to consume vast amounts of a certain wheat-based Italian noodle conventionally served with Parmesan cheese; or two — we, the crew, get turned into spaghetti. I have a feeling we can eliminate option one.
    • 2003, Stephen W Hawking et al, The Future of Spacetime
      I am convinced, by arguments given by Wheeler in 1957, that the end point of spaghettification — the singularity itself — is governed by a union []
    • 2005, Michael Lockwood, The Labyrinth of Time: Introducing the Universe
      It is not, therefore, the kind of singularity that spells inevitable spaghettification.