One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The ratio of the density of a substance to the density of a standard, usually water for a liquid or solid, and air for a gas.
- ‘He was another scientist who worked on the problem of specific gravities.’
- ‘The lower specific gravity of this new material also reduces tyre weight and rolling inertia, thus further improving fuel efficiency.’
- ‘Invest in a hydrometer, which measures the specific gravity of liquids, available at winemaking supply shops.’
- ‘The common glycols are colorless liquids with specific gravities greater than that of water.’
- ‘Urinalysis is performed to assess specific gravity and urinary glucose level.’
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