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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"


  1. Weight(v. t.)

    (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. 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.

Editors Contribution

  1. weight

    An amount or quantity of matter contained in the mass of a body.

    The weight of the product is an important calculation where it may have to posted or sent by courier.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 14, 2017  

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  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

How to pronounce weight?

  1. Alex
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How to say weight in sign language?

  1. weight


  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

  1. British Journalist Katie Hopkins:

    That's not baby weight. That's carrot cake.

  2. Sara Pereda:

    I even ran a marathon, only to gain weight!

  3. Monica Bertoia:

    Even preventing slight weight gain can help.

  4. Horace:

    Force without wisdom falls of its own weight.

  5. Ovid:

    Tears at times have all the weight of speech.

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