gravity

In physics, gravity is the natural force that causes things to fall toward the earth. The noun gravity can also mean seriousness or solemnity.

Someone who conducts themselves with an air of gravity is someone who takes what they are doing seriously. You might be amused to see a three year old serving her dolls tea with an air of gravity appropriate to the Queen of England. Gravity was borrowed through French from Latin gravitās, from gravis "heavy."

Definitions of gravity
  1. noun
    (physics) the force of attraction between all masses in the universe; especially the attraction of the earth's mass for bodies near its surface
    “the more remote the body the less the gravity
    synonyms: gravitation, gravitational attraction, gravitational force
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    types:
    solar gravity
    the gravity of the sun
    type of:
    attraction, attractive force
    the force by which one object attracts another
  2. noun
    alarming importance or seriousness
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    type of:
    importance
    the quality of being important and worthy of note
  3. noun
    a manner that is serious and solemn
    synonyms: graveness, soberness, sobriety, somberness, sombreness
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    types:
    stodginess, stuffiness
    dull and pompous gravity
    type of:
    earnestness, serious-mindedness, seriousness, sincerity
    the trait of being serious
  4. noun
    a solemn and dignified feeling
    synonyms: solemnity
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    Antonyms:
    levity
    feeling an inappropriate lack of seriousness
    types:
    earnestness, seriousness, sincerity
    an earnest and sincere feeling
    type of:
    feeling
    the experiencing of affective and emotional states
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