Is there a word which means "possessing a large gravity well/exerting much gravity"?

My friend suggested "gravacious" which, though not a word, sounds fitting. And in the non-existence of a such a word already, I will most likely begin using it.

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    gravific Not necessarily a large 'amount' though. merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gravific – Frank Apr 22 '15 at 13:59
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    Putting aside nitpicking over the difference between weight and mass, I'd just say heavy. Of course, if you're heavy with child, you could be described as gravid. OED has the adjective gravific - That makes heavy or produces weight. – FumbleFingers Apr 22 '15 at 14:13
  • -1 for verbal anarchy. – TRomano Apr 22 '15 at 14:31
  • +1 for verbal anarchy. By the way, some actual gravity wells might as well be entered into the record. – John Lawler Apr 22 '15 at 15:17
  • How about "black hole", if you're being figurative. – Hot Licks Apr 22 '15 at 16:45

Given the laws of physics, massive would seem to fit the bill.

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    There is nothing wrong with compact massive object. Physicists use it. – Peter Shor Apr 22 '15 at 14:48
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    Yes, there is. They're unsafe is what's wrong with them. Don't go near them. – John Lawler Apr 22 '15 at 14:49
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    @JohnLawler Bigoted discrimination against any kind of cosmic body has no part to play on an enlightened website for the discussion of English usage. Instead of "unsafe" please use "differently safe" in the future ;) – Marv Mills Apr 22 '15 at 15:08
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    @MarvMills I think you just coined the term "massist". – logophobe Apr 22 '15 at 16:50
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    @ChrisH For a less educated audience, use heavy. I have heard physicists use this. – Cerberus_Reinstate_Monica Apr 22 '15 at 17:19

You can consider the adjectives hypergravitational or megagravitational to describe a very strong gravitational pull. (they can be hyphenated also)

Centrifuges were used to create hyper-gravitational forces in the last quarter of the 19th century by Tsiolkovskiy, among others, to study levels of acceleration tolerance in various species.

Humans in Spaceflight, Book 2 By Carolyn S. Leach Huntoon

Scientists tell us that Jupiter has been deflecting harmful asteroids from Earth for years. Its megagravitational field pulls those asteroids off course and deflects them back into space.

Planets and Possibilities: Explore the World of the Zodiac Beyond Just Your Sign By Susan Miller

Additionally, hypergravity has a particular meaning:

Hypergravity is defined as the condition where the force of gravity exceeds that on the surface of the Earth. This is expressed as being greater than 1 g. [Wikipedia]

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  • It would be better to use supergravitational or magnigravitational, in order to avoid Graeco-Latin hybrids. – Cerberus_Reinstate_Monica Apr 22 '15 at 17:21
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    @Cerberus: I didn't mention supergravitational because it has another use. See: Supergravity – ermanen Apr 22 '15 at 17:22
  • Ugh, so many terminology! – Cerberus_Reinstate_Monica Apr 22 '15 at 17:23
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    @Cerberus Certainly! While one is driving in an autokinetic and feeling claustrotimorous about encroaching hybrid Latin-Greek words, we should certainly condemn the hyperenergotic imaginations that create such abominations! (Or we can just accept that they're actually pretty normal parts of English... Though, I do like the sound of supergravitational quite a lot.) – SevenSidedDie Apr 23 '15 at 5:55
  • @SevenSidedDie: Very good! (We already have so many ugly hybrids; let's avoid casting any new ones into this world. I try to avoid them whenever I can, although there are plenty that one cannot avoid, such as sociology, television...you don't know what it's like, being a Greek divinity.) – Cerberus_Reinstate_Monica Apr 23 '15 at 11:55

As I have used it in Sci-Fi concepts within my own stuff, I have used the phrase:

Gravitically significant.

If something does not possess enough gravity (due to mass) to be orbited, then it is not gravitically significant.

Depending on usage, this could be a fuzzy definition. Some starships (in my stuff) generate enough gravity to disturb star systems, and are gravitically significant. But, to an astronaut on an asteroid, the astroid is gravitically significant. The asteroid to the star system, is not.

As a single term, gravitic is about as close as I can get. "It exerts gravity." (yes, everything does, but so much of that is unnoticed, so is it, on a practical sense?)

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From wiktionary :


The quality or state of being weightful; heaviness; gravity

@steveverrill proposition : from wiktionary :


The quality of being weighty

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    Oh, c'mon! Anybody hearing the word weightfulness would understand waitfulness (or perhaps wakefulness, depending on ambient noise), and would remain innocent of any discussion of weight or mass in the discourse. – John Lawler Apr 22 '15 at 14:48
  • What about context? I just quoting a dictionary, I didn't invented it. – Yohann V. Apr 22 '15 at 15:24
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    Wiktionary is not really a dictionary. It's a list. If you want a dictionary, get a real dictionary; what's free on the web is often defective. – John Lawler Apr 22 '15 at 15:26
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    Like stackoverflow and all SE? – Yohann V. Apr 22 '15 at 15:33
  • weightiness sounds far more common / natural to my British ears – Level River St Apr 22 '15 at 21:50

It's rather clunky, but I've occasionally heard strongly gravitating for this. Though apparently "gravitate" also has a different meaning, arguably more common, which might lead to people getting confused.

1: to move under the influence of gravitation

2 a: to move toward something

2 b: to be drawn or attracted especially by natural inclination

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The word gravity itself is a noun form of grave, in the same way that seriousness is a noun form of serious. We have phrases such as "the gravity of the situation" because of this.

For this reason, I say the word for "possessing a large gravity well" is grave.

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    That's not what 'grave' means. – bdsl Apr 23 '15 at 13:48
  • Bullshit. 'grave' means "giving cause for alarm; serious," while 'gravity' means "seriousness or solemnity of manner," and both derive from 'gravis' in Latin. You can shove that downvote right up your ass. – Throw Away Account Apr 23 '15 at 17:47
  • The question isn't about gravity in the sense of 'seriousness or solemnity of manner', it's about the physical force. Derivation is a very unreliable guide to current meanings. – bdsl Apr 23 '15 at 21:37
  • When Newton called it 'gravity' it only had the 'seriousness' meaning. He obviously thought the meaning was close enough, otherwise he would've picked a different word. – Throw Away Account Apr 23 '15 at 21:57

gravity hole

Expected, and well established:

Everything: - Page 164 L0g0s - 2014

Vokk then stepped back inside truth, losing all the particles of complex matter that had attached to his energy of reason as he passed through the anti-Higgs particles around the gravity hole I had created.

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