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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).
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

centers of gravity

Those characteristics, capabilities, or sources of power from which a military force derives its freedom of action, physical strength, or will to fight. Also called COGs. See also capability; decisive point.
Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms. US Department of Defense 2005.
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