- to move or tend to move under the influence of gravitational force.
- to tend toward the lowest level; sink; fall.
- to have a natural tendency or be strongly attracted (usually followed by to or toward): Musicians gravitate toward one another.
Origin of gravitate
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Examples from the Web for gravitating
They are gravitating away from more established contemporary painters like Subodh Gupta.India's Hot Art Bazaar
January 26, 2011
A gravitating instrument for the same purpose as the training-pendulum.The Sailor's Word-Book
William Henry Smyth
Plainly, this was the gravitating point—the centre of motive and motion.The War Trail
Matthews' chip-pile showed where the winnings were gravitating.The Plow-Woman
It is an excellent symptom of his intellect, this of gravitating irresistibly towards realities.
The original heat of every member of the solar system, including the sun, depended on the gravitating energy of its own mass.
- physics to move under the influence of gravity
- (usually foll by to or towards) to be influenced or drawn, as by strong impulses
- to sink or settle
Word Origin and History for gravitating
1640s, "exert weight, move downward," from Modern Latin gravitatus, past participle of gravitare "gravitate," from Latin gravitas "heaviness, weight" (see gravity). Meaning "To be affected by gravity" is from 1690s. Figurative use from 1670s. Related: Gravitated; gravitating. The classical Latin verb was gravare "to make heavy, burden, oppress, aggravate."