specific gravity

noun

Definition of specific gravity

: the ratio of the density of a substance to the density of some substance (such as pure water) taken as a standard when both densities are obtained by weighing in air

Examples of specific gravity in a Sentence

determining the specific gravity of a mineral
Recent Examples on the Web The correct specific gravity of kilograms per liter would have been around 0.8. Matt Parker, Wired, 23 Jan. 2020 The words began to exert their own specific gravity. Owen Thomas, San Francisco Chronicle, 12 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of specific gravity

1660, in the meaning defined above

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“Specific gravity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/specific%20gravity. Accessed 6 Jul. 2022.

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specific gravity

noun

Medical Definition of specific gravity

: the ratio of the density of a substance to the density of some substance (as pure water) taken as a standard when both densities are obtained by weighing in air

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