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GRAV'ITY, n. [L. gravitas, from gravis, heavy. See Grave.]

1. Weight; heaviness.

2. In philosophy, that force by which bodies tend or are pressed or drawn towards the center of the earth, or towards some other center, or the effect of that force; in which last sense gravity is synonymous with weight.



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GRAV'ITY, n. [L. gravitas, from gravis, heavy. See Grave.]

1. Weight; heaviness.

2. In philosophy, that force by which bodies tend or are pressed or drawn towards the center of the earth, or towards some other center, or the effect of that force; in which last sense gravity is synonymous with weight.

GRAV'I-TY, n. [Fr. gravité; Sp. gravidad; L. gravitas, from gravis, heavy. See Grave.]

  1. Weight; heaviness.
  2. In philosophy, that force by which bodies tend or are pressed or drawn toward the center of the earth, or toward some other center, or the effect of that force; in which last sense gravity is synonymous with weight. Encyc. Gravity is the tendency of great bodies to a center, or the sum or results of all the attractions of all the molecules composing a great body. Dict. Nat. Hist. The force of gravity in a body is in direct proportion to its quantity of matter. Anon.
  3. Specific gravity, the weight belonging to an equal bulk of every different substance. Thus the exact weight of a cubic inch of gold, compared with that of a cubic inch of water or tin, is called its specific gravity. The specific gravity of bodies is usually ascertained by weighing them in distilled water. Encyc.
  4. Seriousness; sobriety of manners; solemnity of deportment or character. Great Cato there, for gravity renowned. Dryden.
  5. Weight; enormity; atrociousness; as, the gravity of an an injury. [Not used.] Hooker.
  6. In music, lowness of sound.
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Gravity

GRAV'ITY, noun [Latin gravitas, from gravis, heavy. See Grave.]

1. Weight; heaviness.

2. In philosophy, that force by which bodies tend or are pressed or drawn towards the center of the earth, or towards some other center, or the effect of that force; in which last sense gravity is synonymous with weight.

Gravity is the tendency of great bodies to a center, or the sum or results of all the attractions of all the molecules composing a great body.

3. Specific gravity the weight belonging to an equal bulk of every different substance. Thus the exact weight of a cubic inch of gold, compared with that of a cubic inch of gold, compared with that of a cubic inch of water or tin, is called its specific gravity The specific gravity of bodies is usually ascertained by weighing them in distilled water.

4. Seriousness; sobriety of manners; solemnity of deportment or character.

Great Cato there, for gravity renowned.

5. Weight; enormity; atrociousness; as the gravity of an injury. [Not used.

6. In music, lowness of sound.

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IMPORT'ANCE, n.

1. Weight; consequence; a bearing on some interest; that quality of any thing by which it may affect a measure, interest or result. The education of youth is of great importance to a free government. A religious education is of infinite importance to every human being.

2. Weight or consequence in the scale of being.

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Nor bound thy narrow views to things below.

3. Weight or consequence in self-estimation.

He believes himself a man of importance.

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