Earth-normal n.

a state, amount, or value of something (as gravity or atmospheric pressure) that is typical of what is found on Earth

  • 1932 J. W. Campbell Electronic Siege in Wonder Stories Apr. 1249/1 page image John W. Campbell, Jr. bibliography

    Like the Patrol cruisers, the lifeless, defenseless ship careened on through space, her acceleration dropping immediately to Earth normal as automatic machines took up the unconscious pilot’s duties.

  • 1935 R. Z. Gallun Derelict in Astounding Stories Oct. 25/2 page image Raymond Z. Gallun bibliography

    Somewhere gravity plates continued to function in this ancient wreck, for he had weight here—perhaps one third Earth-normal.

  • 1944 I. Asimov Catch That Rabbit in Astounding Science-Fiction Feb. 164/2 page image Isaac Asimov bibliography

    Donovan made the jump with a grunt. Gravity was considerably below Earth-normal, but with a heavy suit, the advantage was not too great.

  • 1953 ‘R. Rocklynne’ Chicken Farm in Planet Stories Mar. 41/1 page image Ross Rocklynne bibliography

    The gravitic machinery kept the gravity at Earth normal.

  • 1965 B. Wells The Followers in Worlds of If June 103/2 page image Basil Wells bibliography

    Ernest Lytte fought the cumulative pull of space madness with ever-increasing doses of drugs, and Jeff Carney struggled along with alcohol and forbidden carousing on humanoid planets enroute. But until now the third member of the Avalon had kept his balance near Earth Normal with his work and the several hundred spools of teleview adventure recordings that had been brought along.

  • 1972 F. Pohl Merchants of Venus in Worlds of If Aug. 92/1 page image Frederik Pohl bibliography

    The interior of a Heechee tunnel that has remained inviolate is at a pressure only slightly above Earth-normal.

  • 1989 D. Ing Briar Patch in J. Baen New Destinies (#7) Spring 86 page image Dean Ing bibliography

    Gravity: Earth normal. Atmosphere, solar flux, and temperature: all Earth normal.

  • 1998 W. Shatner et al. Spectre xi. 132 William Shatner bibliography

    A display inside his helmet revealed that the exterior atmospheric pressure was 250 torr, about one-third Earth normal.

  • 2007 N. Asher Alien Archaeology in Asimov’s Science Fiction June 98 page image Neal Asher bibliography

    I realized I was in my own bedroom, and that my house had been sealed and the environment controls set to Earth-normal.

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antedating 1932

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