Meaning of GRAVITY in English


grav ‧ i ‧ ty /ˈɡrævəti, ˈɡrævɪti/ BrE AmE noun [uncountable]

[ Date: 1400-1500 ; Language: French ; Origin: gravité , from Latin gravitas , from gravis ; ⇨ ↑ grave 1 ]

1 . technical the force that causes something to fall to the ground or to be attracted to another ↑ planet ⇨ gravitation :

the force of gravity

2 . formal the extreme and worrying seriousness of a situation

gravity of

I could not hide from her the gravity of the situation.

The penalties should be proportionate to the gravity of the offence.

3 . an extremely serious way of behaving or speaking:

The Consul spoke slowly and with great gravity.

⇨ ↑ centre of gravity

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.