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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.

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. Mehmet Murat ildan:

    There is no gravity in the Planet of Love; everything floats in the air.

  2. Julia Schwab:

    The changes in canal shape are better suited to life in the oceans, where buoyancy can hold up an animal, as compared to land, where animals need a highly sensitive sense of balance to cope with gravity and complex landscapes.

  3. Confucius:

    To be able under all circumstances to practice five things constitutes perfect virtue; these five things are gravity, generosity of soul, sincerity, earnestness and kindness.

  4. Nelini Stamp:

    I actually don't think those people have power, but the reality is that they're loud and it hurts. I'm not going to lie( and say that) it doesn't hurt. But I think that we can create a new model of a center of gravity.

  5. Another Tea Party-backed Republican senator:

    Mitch is a strong conservative. Those who criticize his leadership must remember he has a tough job, The positions he takes as leader, which might be of concern to some conservatives, often reflect where the center of gravity is in our conference - and not reflect where he is.

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