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weight

noun \ ˈwāt \

Definition of weight

1 a :the amount that a thing weighs
b (1) :the standard or established amount that a thing should weigh
(2) :one of the classes into which contestants in a sports event are divided according to body weight
(3) :poundage required to be carried by a horse in a handicap race
2 a :a quantity or thing weighing a fixed and usually specified amount
b :a heavy object (such as a metal ball) thrown, put, or lifted as an athletic exercise or contest
3 a :a unit of weight or mass — see Metric System Table
b :a piece of material (such as metal) of known specified weight for use in weighing articles
c :a system of related units of weight
4 a :something heavy :load
b :a heavy object to hold or press something down or to counterbalance
5 a :burden, pressure
  • the weight of their responsibilities
b :the quality or state of being ponderous
6 a :relative heaviness :mass
b :the force with which a body is attracted toward the earth or a celestial body by gravitation and which is equal to the product of the mass and the local gravitational acceleration
7 a :the relative importance or authority accorded something
  • the weight of her opinions
b :measurable influence especially on others
  • throwing his weight behind the proposal
8 :overpowering force
9 :the quality (such as lightness) that makes a fabric or garment suitable for a particular use or season often used in combination
  • summer-weight
10 :a numerical coefficient assigned to an item to express its relative importance in a frequency distribution
11 :the degree of thickness of the strokes of a type character

Examples of weight in a Sentence

  1. Please indicate your height and weight on the form.

  2. Her weight is 105 pounds.

  3. The boat sank under the weight of the cargo.

  4. Those columns have to be strong enough to support the weight of the roof.

  5. He stays in good shape by lifting weights.

  6. I use pie weights to keep the pie crust from bubbling when I bake it.

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Origin and Etymology of weight

Middle English wight, weght, from Old English wiht; akin to Old Norse vætt weight, Old English wegan to weigh

Synonym Discussion of weight

importance, consequence, moment, weight, significance mean a quality or aspect having great worth or significance. importance implies a value judgment of the superior worth or influence of something or someone.
    • a region with no cities of importance
consequence generally implies importance because of probable or possible effects.
    • the style you choose is of little consequence
moment implies conspicuous or self-evident consequence.
    • a decision of great moment
weight implies a judgment of the immediate relative importance of something.
    • the argument carried no weight with the judge
significance implies a quality or character that should mark a thing as important but that is not self-evident and may or may not be recognized.
    • the treaty's significance
influence, authority, prestige, weight, credit mean power exerted over the minds or behavior of others. influence may apply to a force exercised and received consciously or unconsciously.
    • used her influence to get the bill passed
authority implies the power of winning devotion or allegiance or of compelling acceptance and belief.
    • his opinions lacked authority
prestige implies the ascendancy given by conspicuous excellence or reputation for superiority.
    • the prestige of the newspaper
weight implies measurable or decisive influence in determining acts or choices.
    • their wishes obviously carried much weight
credit suggests influence that arises from the confidence of others.
    • his credit with the press

Other Weights and Measures Terms


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weight

verb

Definition of weight

transitive verb
1 :to oppress with a burden
  • weighted down with cares
2 a :to load or make heavy with or as if with a weight
b :to increase in heaviness by adding an ingredient
3 a :weigh 1
b :to feel the weight of :heft
4 :to assign a statistical weight to
5 :to cause to incline in a particular direction by manipulation
  • the tax structure … which was weighted so heavily in favor of the upper classes
  • —A. S. Link
6 :to shift the burden of weight upon
  • weight the inside ski

Examples of weight in a Sentence

  1. I weighted the fishing line with a lead sinker.

  2. weighted the car with a ton of furniture and then headed off for college

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First Known Use of weight

1647


WEIGHT Defined for English Language Learners

weight

noun

Definition of weight for English Language Learners

  • : a measurement that indicates how heavy a person or thing is

  • : the amount that a person or thing weighs : the heaviness of a person or thing

  • : a heavy object that is lifted during exercising


weight

verb

Definition of weight for English Language Learners

  • : to put a weight on (something) to make it heavier or to keep it from moving


WEIGHT Defined for Kids

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weight

noun \ ˈwāt \

Definition of weight for Students

1 :the amount that something weighs
  • Her weight is 115 pounds.
2 :the force with which a body is pulled toward the earth
3 :a unit (as a pound) for measuring weight
4 :an object (as a piece of metal) of known weight for balancing a scale in weighing other objects
5 :a heavy object used to hold or press down something
6 :a heavy object lifted during exercise
7 :1burden 2
8 :strong influence
  • The mayor threw his weight behind the proposal.

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weight

verb

Definition of weight for Students

weighted; weighting
1 :to load or make heavy with a weight I weighted the fishing line so it would sink.
2 :to trouble with a burden He was weighted down with worry.

Medical Dictionary

weight

noun \ ˈwāt \

medical Definition of weight

1 :the amount that a thing weighs
2 :a unit of weight or mass


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