: the gravitational attraction of the mass of the earth, the moon, or a planet for bodies at or near its surface
: 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
the hospital waiting room was filled with the kind of gravity that inevitably accompanies worry
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Middle French or Latin; Middle French gravité, from Latin gravitat-, gravitas, from gravis — see graveentry 2
from early French gravité or Latin gravitas, both meaning "the quality or state of being serious or dignified, the quality of being weighty," from Latin gravis "heavy, serious" — related to aggravate, graveentry 3, grieve