Meaning of GRAVITY in English


/grav"i tee/ , n. , pl. gravities .

1. the force of attraction by which terrestrial bodies tend to fall toward the center of the earth.

2. heaviness or weight.

3. gravitation in general.

4. See acceleration of gravity .

5. a unit of acceleration equal to the acceleration of gravity. Symbol: g

6. serious or critical nature: He seemed to ignore the gravity of his illness.

7. serious or dignified behavior; dignity; solemnity: to preserve one's gravity.

8. lowness in pitch, as of sounds.

[ 1500-10; gravitat- (s. of gravitas ) heaviness, equiv. to grav ( is ) heavy, GRAVE 2 + -itat- -ITY ]

Syn. 6. seriousness, danger, emergency, import.

Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .