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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Physics 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.
  • n. Physics 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.
  • n. Physics Gravitation.
  • n. Grave consequence; seriousness or importance: They are still quite unaware of the gravity of their problems.
  • n. Solemnity or dignity of manner.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. 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.
  • n. Gravitation, universal force exercised by two bodies onto each other (In casual discussion, gravity and gravitation are often used interchangeably).
  • n. The state or condition of having weight; weight; heaviness.
  • n. Specific gravity.
  • n. The state or condition of being grave (graveness).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The state of having weight; beaviness.
  • n. Sobriety of character or demeanor.
  • n. Importance, significance, dignity, etc; hence, seriousness; enormity.
  • n. 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.
  • n. Lowness of tone; -- opposed to acuteness.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Weight, as contradistinguished from mass; precisely, the downward acceleration of terrestrial bodies, due to the gravitation of the earth modified by the centrifugal force due to its rotation on its axis.
  • Solemnity of deportment or character; sedateness of demeanor; seriousness.
  • Importance; significance; dignity.
  • In acoustics, the state of being low in pitch: opposed to acuteness.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a solemn and dignified feeling
  • n. a manner that is serious and solemn
  • n. (physics) the force of attraction between all masses in the universe; especially the attraction of the earth's mass for bodies near its surface

Etymologies

French gravité, heaviness, from Old French, from Latin gravitās, from gravis, heavy; see gwerə-1 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
16th century, from Latin gravitās ("weight"), from gravis ("heavy"), from Persian gerân ("heavy"). (Wiktionary)

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  • All the natural movements of the soul are controlled by laws analogous to those of physical gravity. Grace is the only exception. Simone Weil

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