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Zero-Gravity  
  A state in which gravity is effectively absent or cancelled out.  

Starting at the zero-gravity of earth's core, accumulative acceleration is easily built up in a four-thousand-mile tube.
From If Science Reached the Earth's Core, by John R. Binder.
Published by Thrilling Wonder Stories in 1938
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This term appeared first in this work, which is an essay rather than a story.

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