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Definitions of gravity

  1. a manner that is serious and solemn
  2. ( 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
  3. a solemn and dignified feeling
  4. The state of having weight; beaviness; as, the gravity of lead.
  5. Sobriety of character or demeanor.
  6. Importance, significance, dignity, etc; hence, seriousness; enormity; as, the gravity of an offense.
  7. 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.
  8. Lowness of tone; - opposed to acuteness.
  9. Acceleration produced by the mutual attraction of two masses, and of magnitude inversely proportional to the square of the distance between the two centers of mass. It is also the force imparted by the earth, moon, or a planet to an object near its surface. ( From NASA Thesaurus, 1988)
  10. That force which tends to move all bodies towards the center of the earth; weight; importance; seriousness; solemnity; weight of guilt.
  11. Weight; centripetal force.
  12. Weightiness: the tendency of matter to attract and be attracted, thus causing weight: state of being grave or sober: relative importance: ( mus.) lowness of a note.
  13. Weight; reciprocal attraction of matter; seriousness.
  14. Gravitation; weight.
  15. The quality of being grave; importance; sedateness.
  16. Heaviness; weight; importance; seriousness; solemnity; enormity; lowness of a note; the tendency, causing weight, of a mass of matter to attract and be attracted by another. Specific gravity, the weight of a body compared with another of equal bulk, taken as a standard. Centre of gravity. See Centre.
  17. Weight; heaviness; seriousness; solemnity- see gravitate.
  18. Weight; heaviness; the power or force which draws or attracts all great bodies to a common centre, as the earth or planets to the sun; the power or force which draws all unsupported bodies to the surface of the earth in the direction of its centre; seriousness; solemnity; atrociousness; weight of guilt: centre of gravity, the point of a body which, if supported, all the other parts will be equally balanced: specific gravity, the relative weight of any solid or liquid as compared with the weight of an equal bulk of distilled water, or of any gas as compared with air.
  19. The force of attraction of all bodies towards each other; the tendency of terrestrial bodies to be drawn towards the earth's centre.
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Usage examples for gravity

  1. A deep gravity came over her own face also. – Rose MacLeod by Alice Brown
  2. Something in his air gave one the fancy that his face was dark from gravity – John M. Synge: A Few Personal Recollections, with Biographical Notes by John Masefield
  3. This terrace is, so to speak, the centre of gravity of the whole. – Lourdes by Robert Hugh Benson
  4. The Carlings preserved an admirable gravity – Concerning Sally by William John Hopkins
  5. He was now a model of Oriental gravity – The Green Flag by Arthur Conan Doyle
  6. He helped her to the saddle and she leaned a little to study him with the same gentle gravity – The Untamed by Max Brand
  7. " That's the point," he said, with mock gravity – The Hollow of Her Hand by George Barr McCutcheon
  8. Again Gerald stopped, as after making a communication of great gravity – Aurora the Magnificent by Gertrude Hall
  9. And no gravity when he wants that. – The Man Who Staked the Stars by Charles Dye
  10. The particular name matters little, it has a centre of gravity – The Education of Catholic Girls by Janet Erskine Stuart
  11. It makes me laugh," and she laughed so merrily that her former gravity seemed more unnatural. – Princess Maritza by Percy Brebner
  12. They are beneath the gravity of State necessity, and of the question of the right of revolution. – Trial of the Officers and Crew of the Privateer Savannah, on the Charge of Piracy, in the United States Circuit Court for the Southern District of New York by A. F. Warburton
  13. Then the gravity of her face broke, her lips parted, her eyes seemed to fly a little. – Beyond by John Galsworthy
  14. He had, however, pretty good control of the center of gravity – Dave Dashaway and his Hydroplane by Roy Rockwood
  15. He sat down with violence on a spot immediately below the proposed centre of gravity of the chair. – When Ghost Meets Ghost by William Frend De Morgan
  16. So size, weight, or gravity is no test of attracting power. – The Universe a Vast Electric Organism by George Woodward Warder
  17. I have thought best to give you this word of warning- the last which you will get from me- because really you do not seem to be fully conscious of the extreme gravity of your position. – The Heart of a Woman by Emmuska Orczy, Baroness Orczy
  18. " The incident is closed," Fernand said with gravity and he leaned forward, as if to rise. – Ronicky Doone by Max Brand
  19. Then every college boy in the house arose and bowed with great gravity toward the box. – Frank Merriwell's Races by Burt L. Standish
  20. Gertrude's gravity nearly gave way. – The Lamplighter by Maria S. Cummins
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