Weight Definition

wāt
weighted, weighting, weights
noun
weights
A portion or quantity weighing a definite or specified amount.
Ten pounds weight of lead.
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Heaviness as a quality of things.
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The force of gravity acting on a body, equal to the mass of the body multiplied by the acceleration of gravity.
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Quantity or amount of heaviness; how much a thing weighs.
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Any unit of heaviness or mass.
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verb
weighted, weighting, weights
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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idiom
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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Other Word Forms of Weight

Noun

Singular:
weight
Plural:
weights

Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to Weight

Origin of Weight

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

    From Wiktionary

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

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

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