: 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
Recent Examples on the WebIn the absence of gravity, fluids shift toward the head.—Rachael Seidler, Discover Magazine, 22 Sep. 2023 More than 15,000: The number of people who have registered for the No Labels party in Arizona, according to the Associated Press, enough to potentially change the political gravity in a state that’s had a handful of very close elections.—Mark Murray, NBC News, 21 Sep. 2023 Old norms are out the window, Colorado vs. Colorado State is suddenly the star-studded after prime time game that kept America up past midnight, and gravity’s come for Alabama.—Michael Casagrande | McAsagrande@al.com, al, 17 Sep. 2023 Also called orthostatic hypotension, that type of dizziness results from gravity quickly moving blood from the upper body to the lower body.—Isadora Baum, Health, 11 Sep. 2023 Space vehicles experience microgravity – near weightlessness – while a lunar habitat would operate under gravity conditions about one-sixth the strength of Earth’s gravity, and a Martian habitat would be operating under gravity three-eighths the strength of Earth’s gravity.—Issam Mudawar, The Conversation, 14 Sep. 2023 In the process, the algorithm can also account for gravity’s pull and, in viscous media, the effect the fluid has on the shape.—IEEE Spectrum, 3 Sep. 2023 Galactic clusters are massive collections of galaxies bound together by gravity.—Matt Hrodey, Discover Magazine, 1 Sep. 2023 Repairs had been tack-welded in about four places, and the rest was held together with seam sealer, panel bond, and gravity.—Brett Berk, Car and Driver, 1 Sep. 2023 See More
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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