gee n. 2

spec. a unit of acceleration equal to that due to gravity at Earth’s surface; a force arising from such acceleration; cf. earlier gravity n.

  • 1951 P. Anderson Tiger by the Tail in Planet Stories Jan. 40/2 page image Poul Anderson bibliography

    He was humanoid to a high degree, perhaps somewhat stockier than Terrestrial average—and come to think of it, the artificial gravity was a little higher than one gee—and with very white skin, long tawny hair and beard, and oblique violet eyes.

  • 1953 R. A. Heinlein Starman Jones 92 Robert A. Heinlein

    Now we've been gunning at twenty-four gee ever since we left the atmosphere.

  • 1954 W. Morrison Playground in Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction Feb. 7

    Gravity was low, about a half gee. They'd have a wonderful time running and bouncing around—provided there was no danger.

  • 1965 L. Niven in Galaxy Magazine June 179/2 Larry Niven

    And without the artificial gravity to protect us it would take over years to reach the right velocity. The drive gives us a good one hundred gee in uncluttered space.

  • 1970 P. Anderson Tau Zero (1973) 26 Poul Anderson bibliography

    Elsewhere, the sole direct proof of motion that those had who lay in their cabins was a return of weight. It was not much, under one tenth gee, but it gave them an ‘up’ and ‘down’ for which their bodies were grateful.

  • 1974 J. Haldeman Forever War (1976) 186 Joe Haldeman bibliography

    We launched a pre-programmed drone that would decelerate at 300 gees and take a preliminary look around.

  • 1974 J. W. Haldeman Forever War (1977) 9 Joe Haldeman bibliography

    The whole trip took three weeks, accelerating at two gees halfway.

  • 1990 R. L. Forward Rocheworld 7 Robert L. Forward

    The acceleration rose to one-tenth gee and they skimmed rapidly above the Earth’s atmosphere.

  • 1992 V. Vinge Fire upon Deep i. vii. 42 Vernor Vinge bibliography

    At the Docks' altitude, gravity was still about three-quarters of a gee.

  • 1993 A. C. Clarke Hammer of God 104 Arthur C. Clarke

    I know it’s boring, but unless you crank up to half a gee when your schedule tells you to, you'll never be able to walk on Mars again—let alone Earth.

  • 1996 P. F. Hamilton Reality Dysfunction 5 Peter F. Hamilton

    The acceleration had reached seven gees. She was stuck with her left leg on the floor, foot slipping along the decking as the enormous weight of her thigh pushed down, forcing her knee joint open.

  • 1998 I. McDonald Days of Solomon Gursky in G. Dozois Mammoth Book of Best New Science Fiction, 12th Coll. (1999) 234 Ian McDonald

    Fifty-five gees… Time to contact, one thousand and eighteen seconds.


Research requirements

antedating 1951

Earliest cite

Poul Anderson, "Tiger by the Tail," in Planet Stories

Research History
Malcolm Farmer submitted a cite from a reprint of Robert Heinlein's "Double Star"; Mike Christie verified the cite in the 1956 first magazine edition.
Malcolm Farmer submitted a cite from a reprint of Larry Niven's "One Face"; Mike Christie verified the cite in the 1965 first magazine appearance.
Malcolm Farmer submitted a cite from a 1999 reprint of Ian McDonald's 1998 "The Days of Solomon Gursky".
Malcolm Farmer submitted a cite from a 2000 reprint of Alastair Reynolds 1999 "Galactic North".
Malcolm Farmer submitted a 1992 cite from Vernor Vinge's "A Fire Upon the Deep".
Malcolm Farmer submitted a cite from a 1977 reprint of Joe Haldeman's 1974 "The Forever War".
Fred Galvin submitted a 1954 cite from William Morrison's "Playground".
Jeff Prucher verified a 1953 cite from Robert A. Heinlein's "Starman Jones".
Fred Galvin submitted a 1951 cite from Poul Anderson's "Tiger by the Tail".
Added to OED in 2003, with a bracketed first quote from Arthur C. Clarke for "milligee".

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