Definition of gravity in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈgravɪti


[mass noun]
  • 1 Physics The force that attracts a body towards the centre of the earth, or towards any other physical body having mass.
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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.
    attraction, attracting force, downward force, pull, weight, heaviness
  • 1.1The degree of intensity of gravity, 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 (in 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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