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center of gravity

noun
1.
Mechanics. the point through which the resultant of gravitational forces on a body passes and from which the resultant force of attraction of the body on other bodies emanates: coincident with the center of mass in a uniform gravitational field.
2.
a person, thing, or idea that is the vital or pivotal focus of interest or activity within a larger entity.
Origin
1650-1660
1650-60
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center of gravity
  (sěn'tər)   
The center of mass of an object in the presence of a uniform gravitational field.
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Copyright © 2002. Published by Houghton Mifflin. All rights reserved.
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center of gravity definition


The point in any solid where a single applied force could support it; the point where the mass of the object is equally balanced. The center of gravity is also called the center of mass. When a man on a ladder leans sideways so far that his center of gravity is no longer over his feet, he begins to fall.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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