Definitions for: Gravity


[n] a manner that is serious and solemn
[n] a solemn and dignified feeling
[n] (physics) the force of attraction between all masses in the universe; especially the attraction of the earth's mass for bodies near its surface; "the more remote the body the less the gravity"; "the gravitation between two bodies is proportional to the product of their masses and inversely proportional to the square of the distance between them"; "gravitation cannot be held responsible for people falling in love"--Albert Einstein



Webster (1913) Definition: Grav"i*ty, n.; pl. Gravities. [L. gravitas, fr.
gravis heavy; cf. F. gravit['e]. See Grave, a., Grief.]
1. The state of having weight; beaviness; as, the gravity of
lead.

2. Sobriety of character or demeanor. ``Men of gravity and
learning.'' --Shak.



3. Importance, significance, dignity, etc; hence,
seriousness; enormity; as, the gravity of an offense.

They derive an importance from . . . the gravity of
the place where they were uttered. --Burke.

4. (Physics) The tendency of a mass of matter toward a center
of attraction; esp., the tendency of a body toward the
center of the earth; terrestrial gravitation.

5. (Mus.) Lowness of tone; -- opposed to acuteness.

Center of gravity See under Center.

Gravity battery, See Battery, n., 4.

Specific gravity, the ratio of the weight of a body to the
weight of an equal volume of some other body taken as the
standard or unit. This standard is usually water for
solids and liquids, and air for gases. Thus, 19, the
specific gravity of gold, expresses the fact that, bulk
for bulk, gold is nineteen times as heavy as water.

Synonyms: graveness, gravitation, gravitational attraction, gravitational force, soberness, sobriety, solemnity, somberness

Antonyms: levity

See Also: attraction, attractive force, earnestness, earnestness, feeling, serious-mindedness, seriousness, seriousness, sincerity, sincerity, solar gravity, stodginess, stuffiness

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