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Definition of weight

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1a : 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
2a : 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
3a : 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
4a : something heavy : load
b : a heavy object to hold or press something down or to counterbalance
5a : burden, pressure the weight of their responsibilities
b : the quality or state of being ponderous
6a : 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
7a : 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
weight table


weighted; weighting; weights

Definition of weight (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to oppress with a burden weighted down with cares
2a : to load or make heavy with or as if with a weight
b : to increase in heaviness by adding an ingredient
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

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Synonyms & Antonyms for weight

Synonyms: Noun

avoirdupois, heaviness, heft

Synonyms: Verb

burden, encumber, freight, lade, laden, load, lumber, saddle

Antonyms: Verb

disburden, discharge, disencumber, unburden, unlade, unload

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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

Examples of weight in a Sentence


Please indicate your height and weight on the form. The boat sank under the weight of the cargo. Those columns have to be strong enough to support the weight of the roof. He stays in good shape by lifting weights. I use pie weights to keep the pie crust from bubbling when I bake it.


I weighted the fishing line with a lead sinker. weighted the car with a ton of furniture and then headed off for college
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The idea is that each individual vote has to carry roughly the same amount of weight as each other individual vote, which is a pretty intuitive concept, but is not a reality. Jay Cost, National Review, "Chris Hayes and Progressives’ Lack of Respect for the Constitution," 3 Sep. 2019 However, an aluminum lid shaves off weight and adds a bit of premium feel (the bottom is still plastic), and the Sand Pink color option is a refreshing break from silver, black, and blue. Melissa Riofrio, PCWorld, "Lenovo's C340 and S340 Chromebooks bring Core i3 substance and plenty of style," 29 Aug. 2019 Yes, come to think of it, there had been: Lyudmila had lost a lot of weight recently without even exercising or going on a diet, and could now slip into her old clothes that had hung in the closet for years. Maria Danilova, Harper's magazine, "Alternative Medicine," 28 Aug. 2019 Last year, the Alabama legislature changed the sentencing law, removing the mandatory life without parole sentence for drug crimes of a certain weight. Ivana Hrynkiw | Ihrynkiw@al.com, al, "Man gets time served after 36 years in prison for Bessemer bakery robbery," 28 Aug. 2019 Rather than relying on their faulty memory during meetings with doctors or nutritionists, subscribers can hand their doctor a piece of paper with a summary of relevant data, like activity graphs or weight loss trends. Adrienne So, WIRED, "Fitbit Wants to Be Your One-Stop Health Care Shop," 28 Aug. 2019 Some do deserve a second chance, and not all situations are of equal weight. Margaret Sullivan, Washington Post, "Redemption sounds nice, but disgraced pundit Mark Halperin doesn’t deserve it," 19 Aug. 2019 With his new deal, Jay-Z will now have to shoulder some of that weight. P.r. Lockhart, Vox, "The controversy surrounding Jay-Z’s new partnership with the NFL, explained," 16 Aug. 2019 For his pro day at Toledo in 2008, Hawkins stuck an inch of clay under his heels and tucked five pounds of weights into his pockets. Jacob Feldman, SI.com, "An Ex-NFL Player's Path to Do-It-All Media Personality," 14 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

For example, birth control pills can affect the length of your cycle, as can weight loss and PCOS, Dr. Greves says. Maggie O'neill, Health.com, "How Long is a Menstrual Cycle, Anyway?," 29 Aug. 2019 Manufacturing has been hurt by the trade war between the United States and China, which has weighted on global demand. Anneken Tappe, CNN, "America's manufacturing sector shrank for the first time in nearly a decade," 22 Aug. 2019 In Hirano’s case, the right-hander should be allowing a lower batting average, slugging percentage and wOBA (weighted on-base average). Richard Morin, azcentral, "Strange sophomore season for Diamondbacks' Yoshihisa Hirano halts with elbow injury," 17 Aug. 2019 Hidden Order in the Randomness The first part of the paper determines how to weight a coin so that the coloring of the vertices sits on the threshold between percolation and no percolation. Quanta Magazine, "Random Surfaces Hide an Intricate Order," 2 July 2019 At tight end, David Njoku, who ran the 40-yard dash in 4.64 seconds despite weighting 246 pounds, provides an athletic mismatch. Matt Gajewski, SI.com, "Fantasy Football 2019: Wide Receiver Position Primer," 8 Aug. 2019 Atlético finally broke through in the 44th minute, when midfielder Marcos Llorente flashed into the box to collect a well-weighted through ball and bury it past goalkeeper Andre Blake. Julia Poe, Pro Soccer USA, "MLS All-Star team falls 3-0 to Atlético Madrid squad powered by young star João Félix," 2 Aug. 2019 Each category is equally weighted, supporting the idea, Chee says, that the way in which people deliver their work matters just as much as the end product. Sarah Todd, Quartz at Work, "Finally, a performance review designed to weed out “brilliant jerks”," 22 July 2019 This model weights a little over half a pound and features two USB ports — one more than Anker's. Julianne Ross, CNN Underscored, "Over 20,000 people love these portable chargers," 2 July 2019

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First Known Use of weight


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1647, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for weight


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

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English Language Learners Definition of weight

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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



English Language Learners Definition of weight (Entry 2 of 2)

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


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Kids Definition of weight

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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
8 : strong influence The mayor threw his weight behind the proposal.


weighted; weighting

Kids Definition of weight (Entry 2 of 2)

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.


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Medical Definition of weight

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

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