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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The words began to exert their own specific gravity. Owen Thomas, San Francisco Chronicle, "Silicon Valley faces an uncertain future — starting with its definition," 12 Mar. 2018

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specific gravity

noun

English Language Learners Definition of specific gravity

: 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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