Meaning of gravitational collapse
— Astron. Astron.
- the final stage of stellar evolution in which a star collapses to a final state, as a white dwarf, neutron star, or black hole, when the star's nuclear reactions no longer generate enough pressure to balance the attractive force of gravity.
- the initial stage of stellar evolution in which interstellar gases and dust contract under gravity and condense into one or more stars.
- gravitational collapse (Thesaurus)