Definition of gravity in English:


Syllabification: grav·i·ty
Pronunciation: /ˈgravitē


  • 1 Physics The force that attracts a body toward the center of the earth, or toward any other physical body having mass. For most purposes Newton’s laws of gravity apply, with minor modifications to take the general theory of relativity into account.
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    • Certainly, every type of matter we have ever encountered feels the attractive force of gravity.
    • Physics has found only four forces in nature: gravity, electromagnetism, weak nuclear, and strong nuclear.
    • Objects exert a force of gravity because they have mass and the more mass they have the stronger the force of gravity they exert.
  • 1.1The degree of intensity of this, measured by acceleration.
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    • Specific gravity was measured by a harmonic oscillation method on the automated workstation.
    • The speed of gravity has been measured for the first time, revealing that it does indeed travel at the speed of light.
    • Although these hidden dimensions remain too small to be measured, gravity can travel in between them.


late 15th century (sense 2): from Old French, or from Latin gravitas 'weight, seriousness', from gravis 'heavy'. sense 1 dates from the 17th century.

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