Weight meaning

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Weight is how heavy something is or how much mass it has.

An example of weight is when a person is 100 pounds.

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A measure of the heaviness of an object.

A contest to guess the weight of a pig.

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Oppressiveness; pressure.

The weight of responsibilities.

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The greater part; preponderance.

The weight of the evidence is against the defendant.

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A classification according to comparative lightness or heaviness. Often used in combination.

A heavyweight boxer.

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The force with which a body is attracted to Earth or another celestial body, equal to the product of the object's mass and the acceleration of gravity.
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The relative thickness of the lines in type fonts.
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An object used to make something heavier.
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To add weight to something, in order to make it heavier.
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A factor assigned to a number in a computation, as in determining an average, to increase or decrease the number's effect on the computation, reflecting its importance.
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An object used principally to exert a force by virtue of its gravitational attraction to Earth, especially:
  • A metallic solid used as a standard of comparison in weighing.
  • An object used to hold something else down.
  • A counterbalance in a machine.
  • A heavy object, such as a dumbbell, lifted for exercise or in athletic competition.
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Any block or mass of material used for its heaviness.
  • One used to hold light things down or in position.
    A paperweight.
  • One used to drive a mechanism.
    The weights in a clock.
  • One used to maintain balance.
    weights placed on an automobile wheel.
  • One of a particular heaviness, lifted as an athletic exercise.
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Importance or consequence.

A matter of great weight.

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Influence, power, or authority.

To throw one's weight to the losing side.

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(weightlifting) A disc of iron, dumbbell, or barbell used for training the muscles.
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(physics) Mass (net weight, atomic weight, molecular weight, troy weight, carat weight, etc.).
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(statistics) A variable which multiplies a value for ease of statistical manipulation.
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(topology) The smallest cardinality of a base.
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(typography) The boldness of a font; the relative thickness of its strokes.
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(visual art) The relative thickness of a drawn rule or painted brushstroke, line weight.
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(visual art) The illusion of mass.
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(visual art) The thickness and opacity of paint.
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The weight of care or business.

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The resistance against which a machine acts, as opposed to the power which moves it.
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To load, burden or oppress someone.
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(mathematics) To assign weights to individual statistics.
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To bias something; to slant.
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(horse racing) To handicap a horse with a specified weight.
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Excessive fat; corpulence.

Exercising in order to lose weight.

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To make heavy or heavier.

Our backpacks were weighted down with food and other essentials.

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To cause to feel concerned, sad, or preoccupied; burden or oppress.

He was weighted with guilt.

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To increase the weight or body of (fabrics) by treating with chemicals.
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To assign weights or a weight to.
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To cause to have a slant or bias.

Weighted the rules in favor of homeowners.

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To assign to (a horse) the weight it must carry as a handicap in a race.
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A portion or quantity weighing a definite or specified amount.

Ten pounds weight of lead.

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The relative thickness or heaviness of a fabric or an article of clothing as proper to a particular season, use, etc.

A suit of summer weight.

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A constant assigned to a single item in a frequency distribution, indicative of the item's relative importance.
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To add weight to; make heavy or heavier.
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To burden; load down; oppress.
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To treat (thread or fabric) with a solution of metallic salts, in order to increase its weight.
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To manage, control, or influence in a particular direction or so as to favor a particular side; slant.

The evidence was weighted against the defendant.

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To assign a weight to in a frequency distribution.
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The force with which an object near the Earth or another celestial body is attracted toward the center of the body by gravity. An object's weight depends on its mass and the strength of the gravitational pull. The weight of an object in an aircraft flying at high altitude is less than its weight at sea level, since the strength of gravity decreases with increasing distance from the Earth's surface. The SI unit of weight is the newton, though units of mass such as grams or kilograms are used more informally to denote the weight of some mass, understood as the force acting on it in a gravitational field with a strength of one G. The pound is also still used as a unit of weight.
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A system of such measures, such as avoirdupois weight or troy weight.
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The force on an object due to the gravitational attraction between it and the Earth (whatever astronomical object it is primarily influenced by).
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A standardized block of metal used in a balance to measure the mass of another object.
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by weight
  • According to weight rather than volume or other measure.
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make weight
  • To weigh within the limits stipulated for an athletic contest.
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by weight
  • As determined by weighing.
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carry weight
  • To be important, influential, etc.
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pull one's weight
  • To do one's share.
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throw one's weight around
  • To take undue advantage of one's authority or rank; be overbearing.
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Origin of weight

  • Middle English wight from Old English wiht wegh- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old English wiht, Ä¡ewiht, from Proto-Germanic *wihtiz, *(ga)wekhtiz (cf. *weganÄ…). Compare Dutch gewicht, German Gewicht.

    From Wiktionary