[grav-i-teyt] /ˈgræv ɪˌteɪt/
verb (used without object), gravitated, gravitating.
to move or tend to move under the influence of force.
to tend toward the lowest level; sink; fall.
to have a natural tendency or be strongly attracted (usually followed by to or toward):
Musicians gravitate toward one another.
(physics) to move under the influence of gravity
usually foll by to or towards. to be influenced or drawn, as by strong impulses
to sink or settle
1640s, “exert weight, move downward,” from Modern Latin gravitatus, past participle of gravitare “gravitate,” from Latin gravitas “heaviness, weight” (see gravity). Meaning “To be affected by gravity” is from 1690s. Figurative use from 1670s. Related: Gravitated; gravitating. The classical Latin verb was gravare “to make heavy, burden, oppress, aggravate.”
[grav-i-tey-shuh n] /ˌgræv ɪˈteɪ ʃən/ noun 1. Physics. 2. a sinking or falling. 3. a movement or tendency toward something or someone: the gravitation of people toward the suburbs. /ˌɡrævɪˈteɪʃənəl/ adjective 1. of, relating to, or involving gravitation /ˌɡrævɪˈteɪʃən/ noun 1. the force of attraction that bodies exert on one another as a result of […]
noun, Astronomy. 1. the final stage of stellar evolution in which a star collapses to a final state, as a white dwarf, neutron star, or black hole, when the star’s nuclear reactions no longer generate enough pressure to balance the attractive force of gravity. 2. the initial stage of stellar evolution in which interstellar gases […]
noun, Physics. 1. constant of gravitation. See under . noun 1. the factor relating force to mass and distance in Newton’s law of gravitation. It is a universal constant with the value 6.673 × 10–11 N m² kg–2 G gravitational constant grav·i·ta·tion·al constant (grāv’ĭ-tā’shə-nəl) n. Abbr. G The constant in Newton’s law of gravitation that […]
noun, Physics. 1. the attractive effect, considered as extending throughout space, of matter on other matter. 2. the region surrounding an astronomical body in which the force of gravitation is strong. noun 1. the field of force surrounding a body of finite mass in which another body would experience an attractive force that is proportional […]