grav n. 2

an earth-standard acceleration; gee n. 2


  • 1939 N. S. Bond Fugitives from Earth in Amazing Stories Dec. 115/1 page image Nelson S. Bond bibliography

    I had to take off with an acceleration two gravs greater than I had planned.

  • 1945 ‘L. Padgett’ Camouflage in Astounding Science-Fiction Sept. 150/1 Henry Kuttner C. L. Moore bibliography

    The brain can stand more gravs than the body, but seven’s about tops in any case.

  • 1955 C. Foster Quick Thinkers in Fantastic Story Spring 94/1 page image Charles Foster bibliography

    He was the right build: short, stocky and muscular, able to withstand at a minimum the gravs of a transport rocket. Ibid. Nobody needed but scouts, and only scouts who can stand fourteen gravs in the acceleration elevator.

  • 1974 L. Niven & J. Pournelle Mote in God’s Eye (1975) iv. xlvii. 447 Larry Niven Jerry Pournelle bibliography

    It’s going to be tough facing three gravs after that dinner.

  • 1992 V. Vinge Fire upon Deep iii. xxxviii. 337 Vernor Vinge bibliography

    Pham sank into his restraints under a grav load that wobbled between a tenth gee and an intolerable crush.

  • 2015 A. Kaufman & J. Kristoff Illuminae 488 page image Jay Kristoff Amie Kaufman bibliography

    The gravity systems are failing in this part of the ship—exerting perhaps only half a Gee. She moves in slow motion, her envirosuit cumbersome even in half weight.

Research requirements

antedating 1939

Earliest cite

Nelson S. Bond, in Amazing Stories

Research History
Ben Ostrowsky submitted a 2015 cite from Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff.

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