Weights and Measuresthe amount or quantity of heaviness or mass; amount a thing weighs.
Physicsthe force that gravitation exerts upon a body, equal to the mass of the body times the local acceleration of gravity: commonly taken, in a region of constant gravitational acceleration, as a measure of mass.
Weights and Measuresa system of units for expressing heaviness or mass:avoirdupois weight.
Weights and Measuresa unit of heaviness or mass:The pound is a common weight in English-speaking countries.
Weights and Measuresa body of determinate mass, as of metal, for using on a balance or scale in weighing objects, substances, etc.
Weights and Measuresa specific quantity of a substance that is determined by weighing or that weighs a fixed amount:a half-ounce weight of gold dust.
any heavy load, mass, or object:Put down that weight and rest your arms.
an object used or useful solely because of its heaviness:the weights of a clock.
a mental or moral burden, as of care, sorrow, or responsibility:Knowing you are safe takes a weight off my mind.
importance, moment, consequence, or effective influence:an opinion of great weight.
Statisticsa measure of the relative importance of an item in a statistical population.
Textiles(of clothing, textiles, etc.)
relative heaviness or thickness as related to warmth or to seasonal use (often used in combination):a winter-weight jacket.
relative heaviness or thickness as related to use:a bolt of coat-weight woolen cloth.
Printing(of type) the degree of blackness or boldness.
Sport(esp. in boxing) a division or class to which a contestant belongs according to how much he weighs:two brothers who fight professionally in the same weight.
Sportthe total amount the jockey, saddle, and leads must weigh on a racehorse during a race, according to the conditions of the race:Jacinto has a weight of 122 pounds in the seventh race.
Phoneticsthe stress or accent value given a sound, syllable, or word.
by weight, according to measurement of heaviness or mass:Rates are determined by weight.
carry weight, to have importance or significance; influence:Her opinion is certain to carry weight.
pull one's weight, to contribute one's rightful share of work to a project or job:We will finish in time if we each pull our weight.Also, pull one's own weight.
throw one's weight around or about, to use one's power and influence, esp. beyond the bounds of propriety, to secure some personal gain.
to add weight to; load with additional weight:to weight sacks before dumping them overboard.
Textilesto load (fabrics, threads, etc.) with mineral or other matter to increase the weight or bulk.
to burden with or as if with weight (often fol. by down):Financial worries have weighted that family down for years.
Statisticsto give a statistical weight to.
to bias or slant toward a particular goal or direction; manipulate:The teacher weighted the test so students who had read both books would make the highest marks.
Sportto assign (a racehorse) a specific weight to carry in a race:The handicapper weighted Dapper Dan with 128 pounds.
bef. 1000; Middle English (noun, nominal); Old English wiht (cognate with Dutch wicht, German Gewicht); see weigh, -th1
10.See corresponding entry in Unabridged effect, power, efficacy, import, significance.
23.See corresponding entry in Unabridged oppress, encumber, saddle, load.
a measure of the heaviness of an object; the amount anything weighs
the vertical force experienced by a mass as a result of gravitation. It equals the mass of the body multiplied by the acceleration of free fall. Its units are units of force (such as newtons or poundals) but is often given as a mass unit (kilogram or pound)
a system of units used to express the weight of a substance: troy weight
a unit used to measure weight: the kilogram is the weight used in the metric system
any mass or heavy object used to exert pressure or weigh down
an oppressive force: the weight of cares
any heavy load: the bag was such a weight
the main or greatest force: preponderance: the weight of evidence
importance, influence, or consequence: his opinion carries weight
one of a set of coefficients assigned to items of a frequency distribution that are analysed in order to represent the relative importance of the different items
the apparent blackness of a printed typeface
pull one's weight ⇒ informalto do one's full or proper share of a task
throw one's weight around ⇒ informalto act in an overauthoritarian or aggressive manner
to add weight to
to burden or oppress
to add importance, value, etc, to one side rather than another; bias; favour
to attach a weight or weights to
Etymology: Old English wiht; related to Old Frisian, Middle Dutch wicht, Old Norse vētt, German Gewicht