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Princeton's WordNet

  1. weightnoun

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

  2. weight, free weight, exercising weightnoun

    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, weightinessnoun

    the relative importance granted to something

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

  4. weightnoun

    an artifact that is heavy

  5. weightnoun

    an oppressive feeling of heavy force

    "bowed down by the weight of responsibility"

  6. system of weights, weightnoun

    a system of units used to express the weight of something

  7. weight unit, weightnoun

    a unit used to measure weight

    "he placed two weights in the scale pan"

  8. weight, weightingverb

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

  9. burden, burthen, weight, weight downverb

    weight down with a load

  10. slant, angle, weightverb

    present with a bias

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


  1. Weightverb

    (Math.) to assign a numerical value expressing relative importance to (a measurement), to be multiplied by the value of the measurement in determining averages or other aggregate quantities; as, they weighted part one of the test twice as heavily as part 2.


  1. weightnoun

    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. weightnoun

    An object used to make something heavier.

  3. weightnoun

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

  4. weightnoun

    Importance or influence

  5. weightnoun

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

    He's working out with weights.

  6. weightnoun

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

  7. weightnoun

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

  8. weightnoun

    The smallest cardinality of a base.

  9. weightnoun

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

  10. weightverb

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

  11. weightverb

    To load, burden or oppress someone.

  12. weightverb

    To assign weights to individual statistics.

  13. weightverb

    To bias something; to slant.

  14. weightverb

    To handicap a horse with a specified weight.

  15. weightnoun

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

  16. weightnoun

    The illusion of mass.

  17. weightnoun

    The thickness and opacity of paint.

  18. Etymology: wiht, ġewiht

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. WEIGHTnoun

    Etymology: wiht , Saxon.

    Tobacco cut and weighed, and then dried by the fire, loseth weight; and, after being laid in the open air, recovereth weight again. Francis Bacon, Natural History.

    Fain would I chuse a middle course to steer;
    Nature’s too kind, and justice too severe:
    Speak for us both, and to the balance bring,
    On either side, the father and the king:
    Heav’n knows my heart is bent to favour thee;
    Make it but scanty weight, and leave the rest to me. Dryd.

    Herman Boerhaave fed a sparrow with bread four days, in which time it eat more than its own weight; and yet there was no acid found in its body. John Arbuthnot, on Aliments.

    Just balances, just weights shall ye have. Lev. xix. 36.

    Undoubtedly there were such weights which the physicians used, who, though they might reckon according to the weight of the money, they did not weigh their drugs with pieces of money. John Arbuthnot, on Coins.

    When the balance is intirely broke, by mighty weights fallen into either scale, the power will never continue long in equal division, but run intirely into one. Jonathan Swift.

    A man leapeth better with weights in his hands than without; for that the weight, if proportionable, strengtheneth the sinews by contracting them; otherwise, where no contraction is needful, weight hindereth: as we see in horseraces, men are curious to foresee that there be not the least weight upon the one horse more than upon the other. In leaping with weights, the arms are first cast backwards, and then forwards, with so much the greater force. Francis Bacon, Natural History.

    Wolsey, who from his own great store might have
    A palace or a college for his grave,
    Lies here interr’d:
    Nothing but earth to earth, no pond’rous weight
    Upon him, but a pebble or a quoit:
    If thus thou lie’st neglected, what must we
    Hope after death, who are but shreds of thee? Richard Corbet.

    All their confidence
    Under the weight of mountains bury’d deep. John Milton.

    Pride, like a gulf, swallows us up; our very virtues, when so leavened, becoming weights and plummets to sink us to the deeper ruin. Government of the Tongue.

    Then shun the ill; and know, my dear,
    Kindness and constancy will prove
    The only pillars fit to bear
    So vast a weight as that of love. Matthew Prior.

    Heaviness or weight is not here considered as being such a natural quality, whereby condensed bodies do of themselves tend downwards; but rather as being an affection, whereby they may be measured. John Wilkins.

    The shaft that slightly was impress’d,
    Now from his heavy fall with weight increas’d,
    Drove through his neck. Dryden.

    What natural agent impel them so strongly with a transverse side blow against that tremendous weight and rapidity, when whole worlds are falling? Richard Bentley.

    Thou art no Atlas for so great a weight. William Shakespeare.

    So shall the world go on,
    To good malignant, to bad men benign,
    Under her own weight groaning. John Milton.

    We must those, who groan beneath the weight
    Of age, disease, or want, commiserate. John Denham.

    The prince may carry the plough, but the weight lies upon the people. Roger L'Estrange.

    Possession’s load was grown so great,
    He sunk beneath the cumb’rous weight. Jonathan Swift.

    How to make ye suddenly an answer,
    In such a point of weight, so near mine honour,
    In truth I know not. William Shakespeare, Henry VIII.

    If this right of heir carry any weight with it, if it be the ordinance of God, must not all be subject to it. John Locke.

    To make the sense of esteem or disgrace sink the deeper, and be of the more weight, other agreeable or disagreeable things should constantly accompany these different states. John Locke.

    An author’s arguments lose their weight, when we are persuaded that he only writes for argument’s sake. Addison.

    See, Lord, the sorrows of my heart,
    Ere yet it be too late;
    And hear my Saviour’s dying groans,
    To give those sorrows weight. Joseph Addison, Spectator.

    The solemnities that encompass the magistrate add dignity to all his actions, and weight to all his words. Francis Atterbury.


  1. Weight

    In science and engineering, the weight of an object is the force acting on the object due to gravity.Some standard textbooks define weight as a vector quantity, the gravitational force acting on the object. Others define weight as a scalar quantity, the magnitude of the gravitational force. Yet others define it as the magnitude of the reaction force exerted on a body by mechanisms that counteract the effects of gravity: the weight is the quantity that is measured by, for example, a spring scale. Thus, in a state of free fall, the weight would be zero. In this sense of weight, terrestrial objects can be weightless: ignoring air resistance, the famous apple falling from the tree, on its way to meet the ground near Isaac Newton, would be weightless. The unit of measurement for weight is that of force, which in the International System of Units (SI) 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. Although weight and mass are scientifically distinct quantities, the terms are often confused with each other in everyday use (e.g. comparing and converting force weight in pounds to mass in kilograms and vice versa).Further complications in elucidating the various concepts of weight have to do with the theory of relativity according to which gravity is modeled as a consequence of the curvature of spacetime. In the teaching community, a considerable debate has existed for over half a century on how to define weight for their students. The current situation is that a multiple set of concepts co-exist and find use in their various contexts.


  1. weight

    Weight is a measure of the force of gravity pulling down on an object. It is dependent on both the mass of the object and the acceleration due to gravity. In physics, it is represented by the formula W=mg (weight equals mass times gravitational acceleration). The unit of measurement for weight is typically the Newton (N) in the International System of Units (SI), but it can also be measured in pounds (lbs) among others in different systems.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Weightverb

    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. Weightverb

    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. Weightverb

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

  4. Weightverb

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

  5. Weightverb

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

  6. Weightverb

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

  7. Weightverb

    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. Weightverb

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

  9. Weightverb

    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. Weightverb

    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.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Weight is ranked #13034 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Weight surname appeared 2,356 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Weight.

    78.7% or 1,855 total occurrences were White.
    15.7% or 372 total occurrences were Black.
    1.9% or 46 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.8% or 44 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1% or 24 total occurrences were Asian.
    0.6% or 15 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of weight in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of weight in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of weight in a Sentence

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  2. William Shakespeare:

    A wretched soul, bruised with adversity, We bid be quiet when we hear it cry But were we burdened with like weight of pain, As much or more we should ourselves complain.

  3. Penn State Kraschnewski:

    Look for opportunities to have a conversation, such as if your loved one makes a comment about their weight. If they aren't happy with their current weight, offer to help them talk to their doctor or look for other weight loss resources in your community, think about ways you could be active together.

  4. Marya Mannes:

    If American men are obsessed with money, American women are obsessed with weight. The men talk of gain, the women talk of loss, and I do not know which talk is the more boring.

  5. Lord Byron:

    And dreams in their development have breath, And tears, and tortures, and the touch of joy; They leave a weight upon our waking thoughts, They take a weight from off our waking toils, They do divide our being.

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