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
Klay’s gravity leads to a miscommunication and Livingston dunks.
Water was then jettisoned to check handling as the center of gravity moved forward.
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To ensure maximum agility, the ATVs are built with a low center of gravity.
Now, as his trial begins this week in federal court in Alexandria, a jury will weigh whether a mistake of that gravity can be forgiven under terrorism laws.
Valdiserri, likewise, realized the gravity of the situation but had a different initial reaction.
Dr. Green has had to disqualify a number of patients who could no longer understand the gravity of the decision before them.
At the initial meeting of the group, which took place at the city's public safety building on May 10, participants decided to work on ways to educate the public about the gravity of the problem and to scare young people from trying drugs.
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Origin and Etymology of gravity
Middle French or Latin; Middle French gravité, from Latin gravitat-, gravitas, from gravis —see 4grave
First Known Use: 1505
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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