- 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.
Gravity is why this fruit falls to the ground.
- 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 of gravityClassical Latin gravitas, weight, heaviness ; from gravis, heavy: see grave
operated by the force of gravity
- Physics a. The natural attraction between physical bodies, especially when one of the bodies is a celestial body, such as the earth.b. See gravitation.
- Grave consequence; seriousness or importance: They are still quite unaware of the gravity of their problems.
- Solemnity or dignity of manner.
Origin of gravityFrench gravité, heaviness, from Old French, from Latin gravitās, from gravis, heavy; see gwer&schwa;-1 in Indo-European roots.
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.
(countable and uncountable, plural gravities)
- 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.
- Gravitation, universal force exercised by two bodies onto each other(In casual discussion, gravity and gravitation are often used interchangeably).
- The state or condition of having weight; weight; heaviness.
- Specific gravity.
- The state or condition of being grave (graveness).
16th century, from Latin gravitās (“weight”), from gravis (“heavy”).