center of gravity

noun phrase

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: the point at which the entire weight of a body may be considered as concentrated so that if supported at this point the body would remain in equilibrium in any position
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Examples of center of gravity in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In all likelihood, the emotional center of gravity of Zelensky’s European sojourn came at its onset. Laura King, Los Angeles Times, 12 June 2024 This could be due to pilot error or because the pilots or flight operations staff were provided incorrect data for things like weight and center of gravity, which are used to make these calculations. Alison Fox, Travel + Leisure, 5 June 2024 Putin and his leadership are the center of gravity of the Russian war effort; any effort to end the war must begin with undermining his regime and its appearance of success and infallibility. Andriy Zagorodnyuk, Foreign Affairs, 21 May 2024 Two investigators at Kansas State University suggest that when the capstone first begins to tilt, the point of contact to its pillar shifts, remaining under the capstone's center of gravity. Mark Fischetti, Scientific American, 1 Mar. 2024 Cage, by contrast, is on the verge of losing his family, his home, his past, and his center of gravity as a man. Owen Gleiberman, Variety, 18 May 2024 These blades are also designed with a slight 5mm heel, which helps encourage you to lean forward and lower your center of gravity for better performance and speed. Kaitlyn McInnis, Travel + Leisure, 16 May 2024 The actress smoothly shifts through her own feelings while alternately combatting, placating and, always, loving the domineering woman who is the play’s center of gravity. Christopher Smith, Orange County Register, 13 May 2024 Smaller wheels and reworked geometries reduce the center of gravity and turning radius, boosting maneuverability for these beefy workhorses. IEEE Spectrum, 14 Apr. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1633, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of center of gravity was in 1633

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“Center of gravity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/center%20of%20gravity. Accessed 21 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

center of gravity

: the point at which the entire weight of a body can be thought of as concentrated
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