Definition of gravity
2 : weight
3a (1) : the gravitational attraction of the mass of the earth, the moon, or a planet for bodies at or near its surface (2) : a fundamental physical force that is responsible for interactions which occur because of mass between particles, between aggregations of matter (such as stars and planets), and between particles (such as photons) and aggregations of matter, that is 10-39 times the strength of the strong force, and that extends over infinite distances but is dominant over macroscopic distances especially between aggregations of matter —called also gravitation, gravitational force — compare electromagnetism 2a, strong force, weak forceb : acceleration of gravityc : specific gravity
Examples of gravity in a Sentence
the hospital waiting room was filled with the kind of gravity that inevitably accompanies worry
Recent Examples of gravity from the Web
During the sentencing hearing, Judge Evelyne Sire-Marin emphasized the gravity of lying about issues of public interest.
The worst came four innings later, when Dellin Betances, at one time as reliable as gravity, once again could hardly manage to get the ball over the plate.
The students also submitted a technical paper discussing how their system could be used on Mars, considering the planet's different gravity and environment from Earth.
Magic’s scouting acumen may be unknown, but his gravity and charm are legend.
That left Justice Anthony Kennedy, the court’s perennial center of gravity, to be the bearer of bad news.
The engines’ position on the wings will be moved to affect the aircraft’s center of gravity.
Brazil, meanwhile, has made a name for itself in defying gravity—
No amount of money obviates the costs of fighting gravity.
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GRAVITY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of gravity for English Language Learners
: a very serious quality or condition : the condition of being grave or serious
: the natural force that tends to cause physical things to move towards each other : the force that causes things to fall towards the Earth
GRAVITY Defined for Kids
Definition of gravity for Students
1 : a force of attraction that tends to draw particles or bodies together
2 : the attraction of bodies by the force of gravity toward the center of the earth
3 : great seriousness
Word Root of gravity
The Latin word gravis, meaning “heavy” or “serious,” gives us the root grav. Words from the Latin gravis have something to do with heaviness or seriousness. Something grave, or important, such as a situation, requires serious thought and consideration. To aggravate is to make a situation more serious. Gravity is a force that pulls everything towards the ground making it feel heavy.
Medical Definition of gravity
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