center of gravity

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center of gravity

n. pl. centers of gravity
1. Abbr. CG The point in or near a body at which a single particle having the same mass as the body would have the same gravitational potential energy as the body. In a uniform gravitational field, center of gravity is the same as the center of mass.
2. The point of greatest importance, interest, or activity: "The center of gravity for the English language is no longer Britain. American English is the greatest influence on English everywhere" (Robert W. Burchfield).
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cen′ter of grav′ity

1. the center of mass with reference to gravity as the external force.
2. the focus of significance or stability: The monarchy was that nation's center of gravity.
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cen·ter of gravity

The point in a body through which the Earth's gravitational force acts and around which the body's weight is evenly balanced.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend: of gravity - the point within something at which gravity can be considered to act; in uniform gravity it is equal to the center of mass
midpoint, centre, center - a point equidistant from the ends of a line or the extremities of a figure
center of flotation, centre of flotation - the center of gravity of a floating object
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At that point it reached the center of gravity of the five-hundred-mile-thick crust.
Dolokhov lowered his head to the snow, greedily bit at it, again raised his head, adjusted himself, drew in his legs and sat up, seeking a firm center of gravity. He sucked and sucked and swallowed the cold snow, his lips quivered but his eyes, still smiling, glittered with effort and exasperation as he mustered his remaining strength.
He went on with his work, but he felt now that the center of gravity of his attention had passed to something else, and that consequently he looked at his work quite differently and more clearly.
"No," said Barbicane, "because the projectile's center of gravity is very low; it will only turn by degrees."
The center of gravity of the male body is high, and the tendency is to overtopple.
Hence it follows, by Hausen's calculations, that its center of gravity is situated in the other hemisphere.
This causes their center of gravity to be against the wall (and not where it normally is), and it is impossible to lift the other foot without falling over.
Army, which has the role of fighting campaigns and winning wars, sees the enemy's center of gravity as his "source of strength." (3) Accordingly, the Army tends to look for a single center of gravity, normally in the principal capability that stands in the way of the accomplishment of its own mission.
Therefore, in the education of strategic leaders at all the United States senior military service colleges, there is a great emphasis on the center of gravity analysis (Strange 1996).
Maintain good balance; keep a low center of gravity and a still head.
"I have always believed that the center of gravity in American opinion is tolerant traditionalism," says Galston.
There is progressive shift in her center of gravity and changes in her body contour.

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