centre of gravity


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centre of gravity

n
(General Physics) the point through which the resultant of the gravitational forces on a body always acts
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.centre 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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centre of gravity

nbaricentro, centro di gravità
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Once she began, you felt that she would never stop, and this hopeless sensation, characterizing the motion of ships whose centre of gravity is brought down too low in loading, made everyone on board weary of keeping on his feet.
But in his hurry he overlooked a paving-stone in his way, stumbled, lost his centre of gravity, rolled over to a distance of some yards, and only rose again, bruised and begrimed, after the whole rabble of the Hague, with their muddy feet, had passed over him.
But as if at a signal every sail was furled, the arms folded, the body drawn in, the shells turned over, changing their centre of gravity, and the whole fleet disappeared under the waves.
This property is the hitting, in all the figures we draw, the right centre of gravity.
Thus they rushed; each man with might and main clinging to his seat, to prevent being tossed to the foam; and the tall form of Tashtego at the steering oar crouching almost double, in order to bring down his centre of gravity.
For example, if you fall over a cliff, you move under the influence of gravitation, and your centre of gravity describes just as correct a parabola as if you were already dead.
Since the mid-1980s, the pace of the shift in the world's economic centre of gravity, from the United States and Europe toward Asia, has been increasing dramatically (MADDISON, 2006).
At one end of the spectrum, then-Lieutenant Colonel Trent Scott asserted that COG was a "flawed concept," stating that "what does invalidate the centre of gravity is the reductive hypothesis that underlies the practical application of the concept.
The company says the new range features a new 4 wheel design which lowers the machines centre of gravity so the units are therefore easier to pull or push and perform very well on uneven surfaces, construction sites or difficult agricultural environments.
This would happen only when the centre of gravity in terms of political power and policy initiation have shifted from Rawalpindi to Islamabad.

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