- The definition of gravity is the force that causes everything that goes up to fall back down to Earth or is a word used to describe seriousness.
- An example of gravity is when you throw an apple up in the air and it falls to the ground.
- An example of gravity is a very serious illness.
- the state or condition of being grave; esp.,
- solemnity or sedateness of manner or character; earnestness
- danger or threat; ominous quality: the gravity of his illness
- seriousness, as of a situation
- weight; heaviness
- lowness of musical pitch
- gravitation, esp. terrestrial gravitation; force that tends to draw all bodies in the earth's sphere toward the center of the earth
Origin: L gravitas, weight, heaviness from gravis, heavy: see grave
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- Physics a. The natural force of attraction exerted by a celestial body, such as Earth, upon objects at or near its surface, tending to draw them toward the center of the body.b. The natural force of attraction between any two massive bodies, which is directly proportional to the product of their masses and inversely proportional to the square of the distance between them.c. Gravitation.
- Grave consequence; seriousness or importance: They are still quite unaware of the gravity of their problems.
- Solemnity or dignity of manner.
Origin: French gravité, heaviness, from Old French, from Latin gravitās, from gravis, heavy; see gwerə-1 in Indo-European roots.
gravity - Ologies & -Isms Definition
See also physics.baragnosis Medicine. the absence of the power to recognize weight through the senses; the absence of barognosis. barognosis Medicine. the conscious perception of weight, especially through cutaneous and muscular nerves. barology Archaic. a branch of physics that studied weight and its relationship to gravity. barophobia an abnormal fear of gravity. geotaxis the movement of an organism in response to the force of gravity. geotropism Botany. the response of a plant to the force of gravity. —geotropic, adj. Hutchinsonianism the theories of the 18th-century Yorkshireman John Hutchinson, which included a rejection of Newton’s theory of gravitation. See also bible; theology. —Hutchinsonian, adj. levity a hypothetical force, opposed to gravity, once believed to be a property inherent in certain bodies or materials. telekinesis the production of motion in a body, apparently without the use of material force, a power long claimed by mediums and magicians. Also called teleportation. —telekinetic, adj. tidology the science or theory of tides.
gravity - Cultural Definition
Another term for gravitation, especially as it affects objects near the surface of the Earth.
gravity - Science Definition
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