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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).

    Etymology: wiht, ġewiht

  2. weight(Noun)

    An object used to make something heavier.

    Etymology: wiht, ġewiht

  3. weight(Noun)

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

    Etymology: wiht, ġewiht

  4. weight(Noun)

    Importance or influence

    Etymology: wiht, ġewiht

  5. weight(Noun)

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

    He's working out with weights.

    Etymology: wiht, ġewiht

  6. weight(Noun)

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

    Etymology: wiht, ġewiht

  7. weight(Noun)

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

    Etymology: wiht, ġewiht

  8. weight(Noun)

    The smallest cardinality of a base.

    Etymology: wiht, ġewiht

  9. weight(Noun)

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

    Etymology: wiht, ġewiht

  10. weight(Verb)

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

    Etymology: wiht, ġewiht

  11. weight(Verb)

    To load, burden or oppress someone.

    Etymology: wiht, ġewiht

  12. weight(Verb)

    To assign weights to individual statistics.

    Etymology: wiht, ġewiht

  13. weight(Verb)

    To bias something; to slant.

    Etymology: wiht, ġewiht

  14. weight(Verb)

    To handicap a horse with a specified weight.

    Etymology: wiht, ġewiht

  15. weight(Noun)

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

    Etymology: wiht, ġewiht

  16. weight(Noun)

    The illusion of mass.

    Etymology: wiht, ġewiht

  17. weight(Noun)

    The thickness and opacity of paint.

    Etymology: 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

  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?

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How to say weight in sign language?

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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

  1. Specialist Joseph Gorgas:

    We want to be out there, we want to be doing our part, we want to be pulling our weight, and I'm sure the horses do as well.

  2. CJ Thomas:

    He'd hesitated in sharing them (his life struggles), telling me that they far from measured up against what I'd dealt with, but I'd assured him that to each of us, our challenges are struggles, real to us without comparison to what anyone else is going through...that through our own lenses, life looks shitty sometimes and we think we'll bend under the weight of it...

  3. Susan Brooks:

    We must remember our words matter and carry great weight, our words and the ways in which we deliver them have a lasting impact on those who hear them.

  4. Mike Minnis:

    By the time of the Super Bowl, the players have been practicing and playing for 20-plus weeks and recovery leading up to the game is crucial. We also want to make sure the athletes are maintaining their weight and fueling appropriately during the week leading up to the game so that they have a full tank when the whistle blows, most importantly, we would not want the athlete to eat a food that they have never had before, especially on the day of the game.

  5. Arthur Brouwer:

    Some of the customers can change what they like or they delay decisions sometimes in a way that can't help them be timely, like adding an elevator will impact the central weight of the ship, so we have to do all the calculations and it might impact the performance of the ship.

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