What does GRAVITY mean?

Definitions for GRAVITY
ˈgræv ɪ tigrav·i·ty

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. gravity, gravitation, gravitational attraction, gravitational forcenoun

    (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

  2. graveness, gravity, sobriety, soberness, somberness, sombrenessnoun

    a manner that is serious and solemn

  3. gravity, solemnitynoun

    a solemn and dignified feeling


  1. gravitynoun

    Resultant force on Earth's surface, of the attraction by the Earth's masses, and the centrifugal pseudo-force caused by the Earth's rotation.

  2. gravitynoun

    Gravitation, universal force exercised by two bodies onto each other (In casual discussion, gravity and gravitation are often used interchangeably).

  3. gravitynoun

    The state or condition of having weight; weight; heaviness.

  4. gravitynoun

    Specific gravity.

  5. gravitynoun

    The state or condition of being grave (graveness).

  6. Etymology: 16th century, from gravitas, from gravis, from گران.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Gravitynoun

    Etymology: gravitas, Latin; gravité, French.

    That quality by which all heavy bodies tend towards the centre of the earth, accelerating their motion the nearer they approach towards it, true philosophy has shewn to be unsolveable by any hypothesis, and resolved it into the immediate will of the Creator. Of all bodies, considered within the confines of any fluid, there is a twofold gravity, true and absolute, and apparent, vulgar or comparative: absolute gravity is the whole force by which any body tends downwards; but the relative or vulgar is the excess of gravity in one body above the specifick gravity of the fluid, whereby it tends downwards more than the ambient fluid doth. John Quincy.

    Bodies do swim or sink in different liquors, according to the tenacity or gravity of those liquors which are to support them. Thomas Browne, Vulgar Errours, b. vii. c. 15.

    Though this increase of density may at great distances be exceeding slow, yet if the elastick tone of this medium be exceeding great, it may suffice to impel bodies from the denser parts of the medium towards the rarer, with all that power which we call gravity. Isaac Newton, Opt.

    No man could ever have thought this reasonable, that had intended thereby only to punish the injury committed, according to the gravity of the fact. Richard Hooker, b. i. s. 10.

    There is not a white hair on your face but should have his effect of gravity. William Shakespeare, Henry IV. p. i.

    Our youths and wildness shall no whit appear,
    But all be buried in his gravity. William Shakespeare, Jul. Cæsar.

    For the advocates and council that plead, patience and gravity of hearing is an essential part of justice. Francis Bacon, Essay 57.

    Great Cato there, for gravity renown’d. John Dryden, Æn.

    The emperors often jested on their rivals or predecessors, but their mints still maintained their gravity. Addison.


  1. Gravity

    In physics, gravity (from Latin gravitas 'weight') is a fundamental interaction which causes mutual attraction between all things with mass or energy. Gravity is, by far, the weakest of the four fundamental interactions, approximately 1038 times weaker than the strong interaction, 1036 times weaker than the electromagnetic force and 1029 times weaker than the weak interaction. As a result, it has no significant influence at the level of subatomic particles. However, gravity is the most significant interaction between objects at the macroscopic scale, and it determines the motion of planets, stars, galaxies, and even light. On Earth, gravity gives weight to physical objects, and the Moon's gravity is responsible for sublunar tides in the oceans (the corresponding antipodal tide is caused by the inertia of the Earth and Moon orbiting one another). Gravity also has many important biological functions, helping to guide the growth of plants through the process of gravitropism and influencing the circulation of fluids in multicellular organisms. Investigation into the effects of weightlessness has shown that gravity may play a role in immune system function and cell differentiation within the human body. The gravitational attraction between the original gaseous matter in the universe allowed it to coalesce and form stars which eventually condensed into galaxies, so gravity is responsible for many of the large-scale structures in the universe. Gravity has an infinite range, although its effects become weaker as objects get farther away. Gravity is most accurately described by the general theory of relativity (proposed by Albert Einstein in 1915), which describes gravity not as a force, but as the curvature of spacetime, caused by the uneven distribution of mass, and causing masses to move along geodesic lines. The most extreme example of this curvature of spacetime is a black hole, from which nothing—not even light—can escape once past the black hole's event horizon. However, for most applications, gravity is well approximated by Newton's law of universal gravitation, which describes gravity as a force causing any two bodies to be attracted toward each other, with magnitude proportional to the product of their masses and inversely proportional to the square of the distance between them: where F is the force, m1 and m2 are the masses of the objects interacting, r is the distance between the centers of the masses and G is the gravitational constant. Current models of particle physics imply that the earliest instance of gravity in the universe, possibly in the form of quantum gravity, supergravity or a gravitational singularity, along with ordinary space and time, developed during the Planck epoch (up to 10−43 seconds after the birth of the universe), possibly from a primeval state, such as a false vacuum, quantum vacuum or virtual particle, in a currently unknown manner. Scientists are currently working to develop a theory of gravity consistent with quantum mechanics, a quantum gravity theory, which would allow gravity to be united in a common mathematical framework (a theory of everything) with the other three fundamental interactions of physics.


  1. gravity

    Gravity is a natural force of attraction that exists between any two masses, any two bodies, any two particles. It is mathematically described as: F = G*(m1*m2)/r^2, where F is the force of attraction between the two bodies, m1 and m2 are the two masses, r is the distance between the centers of the two masses, and G is the gravitational constant. This force is always attractive and acts along the line joining the centers of the two masses. It is responsible for keeping objects grounded on earth and for the orbits of planets around the sun in our solar system.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Gravityadjective

    the state of having weight; beaviness; as, the gravity of lead

  2. Gravityadjective

    sobriety of character or demeanor

  3. Gravityadjective

    importance, significance, dignity, etc; hence, seriousness; enormity; as, the gravity of an offense

  4. Gravityadjective

    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. Gravityadjective

    lowness of tone; -- opposed to acuteness

  6. Etymology: [L. gravitas, fr. gravis heavy; cf. F. gravit. See Grave, a., Grief.]


  1. Gravity

    "Gravity" is a song by American singer-songwriter guitarist John Mayer and is featured on three of his releases: the 2005 live album Try! by the John Mayer Trio, his 2006 studio album Continuum, and his 2008 live album Where the Light Is: John Mayer Live in Los Angeles. In 2007, the song was released as the third single from Continuum.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Gravity

    grav′i-ti, n. weightiness: that attraction between bodies, or acceleration of one toward another, of which the fall of a body to the ground is an example: state of being grave or sober: relative importance: (mus.) lowness of a note.—n. Gravim′eter, an instrument for determining specific gravities.—v.i. Grav′itāte, to be acted on by gravity: to tend towards the earth: to be strongly attracted towards anything.—n. Gravitā′tion, act of gravitating: the tendency of all bodies to attract each other.—adj. Grav′itātive.—Specific gravity (see Specific). [Fr. gravité—L. gravitat-emgravis, heavy.]


  1. Gravity

    Gravity is the world's most advanced personalization company. When you use a website or application powered by Gravity, it adapts to create a better experience just for you. Using its proprietary Interest Graph, Gravity semantically understands each user's individual interests, calculates the strength of those attachments over time and returns recommendations designed to optimize engagement and user experience.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. gravity

    Is the tendency of all bodies towards the centre of the earth. The force of gravity is in the inverse proportion to the square of the body’s distance from the centre of the earth. The specific gravity of a body is the ratio of the weight of a body to that of an equal volume of some other body assumed as a standard, usually pure distilled water at a certain temperature for solids and liquids, and air for gases.

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  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'GRAVITY' in Nouns Frequency: #2662

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of GRAVITY in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of GRAVITY in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of GRAVITY in a Sentence

  1. Judy Chu:

    We talked about the gravity of the situation.

  2. Jamie Raskin:

    I haven’t spoken to [House Speaker Nancy Pelosi]today about this. Look, I know that everybody wants to focus on trial tactics and strategy and so on. I want people to focus on the solemnity and the gravity of these events.

  3. Andrea Ghez:

    Einstein's right, at least for now, we can absolutely rule out Newton's law of gravity. Our observations are consistent with Einstein's theory of general relativity. However, Albert Einstein theory is definitely showing vulnerability. It can not fully explain gravity inside a black hole, and at some point we will need to move beyond Einstein's theory to a more comprehensive theory of gravity that explains what a black hole is.

  4. Wernher von Braun:

    We can lick gravity, but sometimes the paperwork is overwhelming.

  5. Chuck Schumer:

    Right now they don't get how serious the problem is, did we have a good discussion ? Yes. Will we continue to discuss ? Yes. Do we want to continue to come to an agreement ? Absolutely. But it's got to meet the gravity of the problem.

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