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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. the amount or quantity of heaviness or mass; amount a thing weighs.

    Category: Weights and Measures

  2. the force that gravitation exerts upon a body, equal to the mass of the body times the local acceleration of gravity.

    Category: Physics

  3. a system of units for expressing heaviness or mass: avoirdupois weight.

    Category: Weights and Measures

  4. a unit of heaviness or mass, as the pound.

    Category: Weights and Measures

  5. a body of determinate mass, as of metal, for using on a balance or scale in weighing objects, substances, etc.

    Category: Weights and Measures

  6. a specific quantity of a substance that is determined by weighing or that weighs a fixed amount.

    Category: Weights and Measures

  7. any heavy load, mass, or object.

  8. excess fat; corpulence:

    to lose weight.

  9. an object used or useful solely because of its heaviness:

    the weights of a clock.

  10. a mental or moral burden, as of care, sorrow, or responsibility.

  11. importance, moment, consequence, or effective influence:

    an opinion of great weight.

  12. a barbell, dumbbell, or similar heavy apparatus lifted or held for exercise, body building, or in athletic competition. a replaceable metal disk of specific heaviness fastened to each end of a barbell.

    Category: Sport

  13. a measure of the relative importance of an item in a statistical population.

    Category: Statistics

  14. (of clothing, textiles, etc.) relative heaviness or thickness as related to general or seasonal use (often used in combination):

    a winter-weight jacket.

    Category: Textiles

  15. (of type) the degree of blackness or boldness.

    Category: Printing

  16. (esp. in boxing) a division or class to which a contestant or competitor belongs according to body weight.

    Category: Sport

  17. the total amount the jockey, saddle, and leads must weigh on a racehorse during a race.

    Category: Sport

  18. (v.t.)to add weight to; load with additional weight.

  19. to load (fabrics, threads, etc.) with mineral or other matter to increase the weight or bulk.

    Category: Textiles

  20. to burden with or as if with weight (often fol. by down).

  21. to give a statistical weight to.

    Category: Statistics

  22. to bias or slant toward a particular goal or direction; manipulate.

  23. to assign (a racehorse) a specific weight to carry in a race.

    Category: Sport

Idioms for weight:

  1. carry weight, to have importance or significance; influence.

    Category: Idiom

  2. pull one's (own) weight, to contribute one's share of work to a project or job.

    Category: Idiom

  3. throw one's weight around or about, to use one's power and influence, esp. improperly for personal gain.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of weight:

bef. 1000; ME (n.); OE (ge)wiht (c. MHG gewichte, ON vētt); see weigh , -th1


Princeton's WordNet

  1. weight(noun)

    the vertical force exerted by a mass as a result of gravity

  2. weight, free weight, exercising weight(noun)

    sports equipment used in calisthenic exercises and weightlifting; it is not attached to anything and is raised and lowered by use of the hands and arms

  3. weight, weightiness(noun)

    the relative importance granted to something

    "his opinion carries great weight"; "the progression implied an increasing weightiness of the items listed"

  4. weight(noun)

    an artifact that is heavy

  5. weight(noun)

    an oppressive feeling of heavy force

    "bowed down by the weight of responsibility"

  6. system of weights, weight(noun)

    a system of units used to express the weight of something

  7. weight unit, weight(noun)

    a unit used to measure weight

    "he placed two weights in the scale pan"

  8. weight, weighting(verb)

    (statistics) a coefficient assigned to elements of a frequency distribution in order to represent their relative importance

  9. burden, burthen, weight, weight down(verb)

    weight down with a load

  10. slant, angle, weight(verb)

    present with a bias

    "He biased his presentation so as to please the share holders"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. weight(noun)ɪt

    how heavy sb or sth is

    The doctor checked his height and weight.; an object with a weight of 68 pounds/kilos

  2. weightɪt

    (of a person) to become heavier

    She's put on a little weight.

  3. weightɪt

    (of a person) to become lighter

    Did you lose some weight?

  4. weightɪt

    the fact of being heavy

    The roof collapsed under the weight of the snow.

  5. weightɪt

    a worry that has ended

  6. weightɪt

    the importance and influence that a person or idea has

    The teacher's words carried a lot of weight with me.

  7. weightɪt

    to use your influence to support

    The Senator threw his weight behind the candidate.

  8. weightɪt

    a heavy object that you lift or push for exercise

    He used the weights in the gym.

  9. weightɪt

    to do exercises with weights


  1. weight(Noun)

    The force on an object due to the gravitational attraction between it and the Earth (or whatever astronomical object it is primarily influenced by).

  2. weight(Noun)

    An object used to make something heavier.

  3. weight(Noun)

    A standardized block of metal used in a balance to measure the mass of another object.

  4. weight(Noun)

    Importance or influence

  5. weight(Noun)

    A disc of iron, dumbbell, or barbell used for training the muscles.

    He's working out with weights.

  6. weight(Noun)

    Mass (net weight, atomic weight, molecular weight, troy weight, carat weight, etc.).

  7. weight(Noun)

    A variable which multiplies a value for ease of statistical manipulation.

  8. weight(Noun)

    The smallest cardinality of a base.

  9. weight(Noun)

    The boldness of a font; the relative thickness of its strokes.

  10. weight(Verb)

    To add weight to something, in order to make it heavier.

  11. weight(Verb)

    To load, burden or oppress someone.

  12. weight(Verb)

    To assign weights to individual statistics.

  13. weight(Verb)

    To bias something; to slant.

  14. weight(Verb)

    To handicap a horse with a specified weight.

  15. weight(Noun)

    The relative thickness of a drawn rule or painted brushstroke, line weight.

  16. weight(Noun)

    The illusion of mass.

  17. weight(Noun)

    The thickness and opacity of paint.

  18. Origin: wiht, ġewiht

Webster Dictionary

  1. Weight(verb)

    the quality of being heavy; that property of bodies by which they tend toward the center of the earth; the effect of gravitative force, especially when expressed in certain units or standards, as pounds, grams, etc

  2. Weight(verb)

    the quantity of heaviness; comparative tendency to the center of the earth; the quantity of matter as estimated by the balance, or expressed numerically with reference to some standard unit; as, a mass of stone having the weight of five hundred pounds

  3. Weight(verb)

    hence, pressure; burden; as, the weight of care or business

  4. Weight(verb)

    importance; power; influence; efficacy; consequence; moment; impressiveness; as, a consideration of vast weight

  5. Weight(verb)

    a scale, or graduated standard, of heaviness; a mode of estimating weight; as, avoirdupois weight; troy weight; apothecaries' weight

  6. Weight(verb)

    a ponderous mass; something heavy; as, a clock weight; a paper weight

  7. Weight(verb)

    a definite mass of iron, lead, brass, or other metal, to be used for ascertaining the weight of other bodies; as, an ounce weight

  8. Weight(verb)

    the resistance against which a machine acts, as opposed to the power which moves it

  9. Weight(verb)

    to load with a weight or weights; to load down; to make heavy; to attach weights to; as, to weight a horse or a jockey at a race; to weight a whip handle

  10. Weight(verb)

    to assign a weight to; to express by a number the probable accuracy of, as an observation. See Weight of observations, under Weight


  1. Weight

    In science and engineering, the weight of an object is usually taken to be the force on the object due to gravity. Its magnitude, often denoted by an italic letter W, is the product of the mass m of the object and the magnitude of the local gravitational acceleration g; thus: W = mg. The term weight and mass are often confused with each other in everyday discourse but they are distinct quantities. The unit of measurement for weight is that of force, which in the International System of Units is the newton. For example, an object with a mass of one kilogram has a weight of about 9.8 newtons on the surface of the Earth, and about one-sixth as much on the Moon. In this sense of weight, a body can be weightless only if it is far away from any gravitating mass. There is also a rival tradition within Newtonian physics and engineering which sees weight as that which is measured when one uses scales. There the weight is a measure of the magnitude of the reaction force exerted on a body. Typically, in measuring someone's weight, the person is placed on scales at rest with respect to the earth but the definition can be extended to other states of motion. Thus in a state of free fall, the weight would be zero. In this second sense of weight, terrestrial objects can be weightless. Ignoring air resistance, an apple on its way to meet Newton's head is weightless.

British National Corpus

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    Rank popularity for the word 'weight' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1234

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'weight' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1172

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'weight' in Nouns Frequency: #483

Translations for weight

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


the amount which a person or thing weighs

He's put on a lot of weight (= got much fatter) over the years.

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