Definition of Gravity

1. Noun. (physics) the force of attraction between all masses in the universe; especially the attraction of the earth's mass for bodies near its surface. "Gravitation cannot be held responsible for people falling in love"

Exact synonyms: Gravitation, Gravitational Attraction, Gravitational Force
Category relationships: Natural Philosophy, Physics
Generic synonyms: Attraction, Attractive Force
Specialized synonyms: Solar Gravity
Derivative terms: Gravitate, Gravitational, Gravitate

2. Noun. A manner that is serious and solemn.

3. Noun. A solemn and dignified feeling.
Exact synonyms: Solemnity
Generic synonyms: Feeling
Specialized synonyms: Earnestness, Seriousness, Sincerity
Antonyms: Levity
Derivative terms: Solemn, Solemn

Definition of Gravity

1. n. The state of having weight; beaviness; as, the gravity of lead.

Definition of Gravity

1. Noun. Resultant force on Earth's surface, of the attraction by the Earth's masses, and the centrifugal pseudo-force caused by the Earth's rotation. ¹

2. Noun. Gravitation, universal force exercised by two bodies onto each other
(In casual discussion, gravity and gravitation are often used interchangeably). ¹

3. Noun. The state or condition of having weight; weight; heaviness. ¹

4. Noun. Specific gravity. ¹

5. Noun. The state or condition of being grave (graveness). ¹

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Definition of Gravity

1. the force of attraction toward the earth's center [n -TIES]

Medical Definition of Gravity

1. Origin: L. Gravitas, fr. Gravis heavy; cf. F. Gravite. See Grave, Grief. 1. The state of having weight; beaviness; as, the gravity of lead. 2. Sobriety of character or demeanor. "Men of gravity and learning."< p. 648 needs proofing ##proof - especially italicized words (aso in etymologies) are not properly marked 3. Importance, significance, dignity, etc; hence, seriousness; enormity; as, the gravity of an offense. "They derive an importance from . . . The gravity of the place where they were uttered." (Burke) 4. The tendency of a mass of matter toward a center of attraction; especially, the tendency of a body toward the center of the earth; terrestrial gravitation. 5. Lowness of tone; opposed to acuteness. Center of gravity See Center. Gravity battery, See Battery. Specific gravity, the ratio of the weight of a body to the weight of an equal volume of some other body taken as the standard or unit. This standard is usually water for solids and liquids, and air for gases. Thus, 19, the specific gravity of gold, expresses the fact that, bulk for bulk, gold is nineteen times as heavy as water. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Gravity

gravity (current term)
gravity bomb
gravity bong
gravity bongs
gravity boots
gravity drop
gravity fault
gravity gradient
gravity meter
gravity meters
gravity perception
gravity slingshot
gravity wave

Literary usage of Gravity

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Experimental Morphology by Charles Benedict Davenport (1899)
"These two experiments upon fungi indicate a considerable sensitiveness on their part to gravity. Experiments made by ELFVING ('80) and SCHWARZ ('81), ..."

2. Journal of the American Chemical Society by American Chemical Society (1900)
"For such classification, the specific gravity of the ore, carefully taken on a good pair of scales, is of quite sufficient accuracy to answer all practical ..."

3. Proceedings by Royal Geographical Society (Great Britain), Norton Shaw, Francis Galton, William Spottiswoode, Clements Robert Markham, Henry Walter Bates, John Scott Keltie (1870)
"On the Specific gravity of the Water of the South Atlantic* By ... The chief differences in oceanic specific gravity arise from rainfall and evaporation. ..."

4. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1917)
"The intensity of gravity varies with altitude, latitude, topography and the ... The measurement of the force of gravity at a station to be acceptable must ..."

5. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1855)
"The specific gravity of the gray and white substance of the brain was taken in 62 cases, of which 29 were males, and 33 females, ..."

6. The Journal of Geology by University of Chicago Department of Geology and Paleontology (1897)
"THE AVERAGE SPECIFIC gravity OF METEORITES. IN order to determine for ... The addition of these and division by 65 gave 4.84 as an average specific gravity. ..."

7. Proceedings by Philadelphia County Medical Society (1896)
"THE IMPORTANCE OF ТНЕ~ gravity OF LIQUIDS FOR TOPICAL MEDICATION. CARL SEILER, MD [Read January 8,.] Ever since I published the first edition of my ..."

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