tidal bulge

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The distortion of a planet, satellite, or star caused by the gravitational attraction of other bodies on it. For example, the Moon and Earth produce tidal bulges on each other, the solid bodies being distorted as well as the Earth's oceans and atmosphere. The components of a close binary star grossly distort each other along the line joining their centres.

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