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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 combinationsummer-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

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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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

Noun 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. Verb 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 Pokusevski is a seven-footer with guard skills, but needs to add strength and weight. Omari Sankofa Ii, Detroit Free Press, "2020 NBA mock draft: Detroit Pistons look for game changer between Killian Hayes, RJ Hampton," 13 Oct. 2020 On the back of the cards were stats: height, weight, favorite film format, favorite camera. Emma Cline, The New Yorker, "Mike Mandel’s Selfies from the Seventies," 12 Oct. 2020 In another scenario, the product may be targeted towards those who are at high risk for disease progression, perhaps based on their age or weight. Walid Gellad, Wired, "Trump’s ‘Miracle Cure’ for Covid Is a Logistical Nightmare," 12 Oct. 2020 Produced from three different vineyards, including the famed Bien Nacido, it’s a Chardonnay with just the right weight and intensity at a very fair price. Lettie Teague, WSJ, "5 Intimidating Wines That Are Actually Easy to Love," 8 Oct. 2020 During 28 days in space—the longest mission up to that time—Kerwin monitored the crew, who remained healthy but lost weight and muscle mass. National Geographic, "How the 'right stuff' to be an astronaut has changed over the years," 7 Oct. 2020 Trump's weight and age increase the risk of severe illness from COVID-19, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Alan Gomez, USA TODAY, "How sick is the president? Trump latest commander-in-chief to downplay medical troubles," 6 Oct. 2020 Unburdened by the weight and pressures of the coasts, musicians here can experiment in a way that sets them apart while staying true to their vision. Britt Julious, chicagotribune.com, "Captain Sky, the Chicago funk legend of the ’70s, has emerged from the phone booth as Daryl Cameron, still full of music and still going strong," 5 Oct. 2020 The result: a decoy about the same size, weight, and texture of a green sea turtle egg, one of the larger species of sea turtle. Lucy Hicks, Science | AAAS, "Endangered baby sea turtles may have a new savior: GPS eggs," 5 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb But most pollsters now weight their polls by education level, eliminating this 2016 blind spot. Mario Parker, Bloomberg.com, "‘Shy Trumpers’ Buoy GOP Hopes While Pollsters Doubt They Matter," 23 Sep. 2020 For one, excess calorie intake contributes to weight gain, thereby increasing risks for insulin resistance and Type 2 diabetes, a risk factor for cardiovascular disease. Lisa Drayer, CNN, "Craving sugar during a pandemic? Here's how to tame your sweet tooth," 14 Sep. 2020 Some chairs, like the Leki reviewed below, weight less than 1kg and fit into a backpack. James Lynch, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Camp Chairs, From the Super Portable to the Exceptionally Comfortable," 17 June 2020 This rigid construction accommodates heavier loads and transfers weight much more effectively across the suspension system than a frameless carrier, which typically doesn’t have a back panel. Adrienne Donica, Popular Mechanics, "Hit the Trail as a Family With These Great Baby Carriers for Hiking," 26 Aug. 2020 And there's definitely some promising animal research linking ginger to weight management. Good Housekeeping, "9 Surprising Health Benefits of Ginger You Need to Know About," 30 June 2020 This combination creates the most rigid construction that effectively transfers weight across the suspension system. Adrienne Donica, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Backpacking Backpacks, Tested," 24 June 2020 Fill a clean quart jar with water and use it to weight down the plate. Bill St. John, The Denver Post, "Why you should embrace fermentation — yes, fermentation — when cooking at home," 21 Jan. 2020 The biggest changes are in how the ONS proposes to weight data usage against older services such as voice calls and texts and in how the underlying index is constructed. The Economist, "Economic data Has the ONS solved the “productivity problem”?," 11 July 2020

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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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The first known use of weight was before the 12th century

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19 Oct 2020

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“Weight.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/weight. Accessed 27 Oct. 2020.

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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

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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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