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gravity

grav·i·ty

gravity

 
pronunciation:
grae v ti
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part of speech: noun
inflections: gravities
definition 1: the force by which all objects in the universe are attracted to each other.
On Earth, objects fall to the ground because of gravity's pull.
 
synonyms:
pull
similar words:
attraction
definition 2: very serious nature or manner.
She needed an operation because of the gravity of her injuries.He spoke with gravity.
synonyms:
consequence, importance, seriousness, significance
similar words:
graveness, magnitude, weight
Word History
The word gravity comes from a Latin word that means "heavy." Its first meaning in English was "seriousness and dignity." It was first used as a scientific term for the force that causes objects to have weight in 1641. A year later, Sir Isaac Newton was born, and Galileo died.
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The word gravity contains the following part:
grav Latin root that means heavy