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.
    • 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.