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
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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 7 Jun. 2020.

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specific gravity

noun

English Language Learners Definition of specific gravity

technical : a measurement that indicates how dense a substance is by comparing it to the density of water

specific gravity

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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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