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relative density

noun Physics.
  1. specific gravity.
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Origin of relative density

First recorded in 1875–80
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relative density

noun
  1. the ratio of the density of a substance to the density of a standard substance under specified conditions. For liquids and solids the standard is usually water at 4°C or some other specified temperature. For gases the standard is often air or hydrogen at the same temperature and pressure as the substanceSymbol: d See also specific gravity, vapour density
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relative density in Science

relative density

  1. The ratio of the density of one substance to that of a reference substance, typically water. See more at specific gravity.
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