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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.
Objects fall to the ground because of the pull of gravity.
 
definition 2: very serious nature or manner.
She needed an operation because of the gravity of her injuries.He spoke with gravity.
synonyms:
importance
similar words:
weight
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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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