• A silversmith weighing clipped coins. (Conjectural sketch by Sidney E. King.)
    A silversmith weighing clipped coins. (Conjectural sketch by Sidney E. King.)
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v weigh show consideration for; take into account "You must consider her age","The judge considered the offender's youth and was lenient"
    • v weigh have weight; have import, carry weight "It does not matter much"
    • v weigh to be oppressive or burdensome "weigh heavily on the mind", "Something pressed on his mind"
    • v weigh determine the weight of "The butcher weighed the chicken"
    • v weigh have a certain weight
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The biggest pumpkin the world weighs 1,337.6 pounds
    • n Weigh A certain quantity estimated by weight; an English measure of weight. See Wey.
    • n Weigh (Naut) A corruption of Way, used only in the phrase under weigh. "An expedition was got under weigh from New York.""The Athenians . . . hurried on board and with considerable difficulty got under weigh ."
    • Weigh To be considered as important; to have weight in the intellectual balance. "Your vows to her and me . . . will even weigh .""This objection ought to weigh with those whose reading is designed for much talk and little knowledge."
    • Weigh To be equivalent to in weight; to counterbalance; to have the heaviness of. "A body weighing divers ounces."
    • Weigh To bear heavily; to press hard. "Cleanse the stuffed bosom of that perilous stuff
      Which weighs upon the heart."
    • Weigh To bear up; to raise; to lift into the air; to swing up; as, to weigh anchor. "Weigh the vessel up."
    • Weigh To consider as worthy of notice; to regard. "I weigh not you.""All that she so dear did weigh ."
    • Weigh To examine by the balance; to ascertain the weight of, that is, the force with which a thing tends to the center of the earth; to determine the heaviness, or quantity of matter of; as, to weigh sugar; to weigh gold. "Thou art weighed in the balances, and art found wanting."
    • Weigh To examine or test as if by the balance; to ponder in the mind; to consider or examine for the purpose of forming an opinion or coming to a conclusion; to estimate deliberately and maturely; to balance. "A young man not weighed in state affairs.""Had no better weighed The strength he was to cope with, or his own.""Regard not who it is which speaketh, but weigh only what is spoken.""In nice balance, truth with gold she weighs .""Without sufficiently weighing his expressions."
    • Weigh To have weight; to be heavy. "They only weigh the heavier."
    • Weigh To judge; to estimate. "Could not weigh of worthiness aright."
    • Weigh To pay, allot, take, or give by weight. "They weighed for my price thirty pieces of silver."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: At birth, bear cubs weigh between 1/2 1 pound.
    • n weigh In cotton manufacturing, any given quantity of yarn delivered to an operative, for example, a winder, upon which wages are based.
    • weigh To raise or lift; bear up: as, to weigh anchor; to weigh a ship that has been sunk.
    • weigh To bear up or balance in order to determine the weight of; determine the relative heaviness of (something) by comparison in a balance with some recognized standard; ascertain the number of pounds, ounces, etc., in: as, to weigh sugar; to weigh gold.
    • weigh To consider or examine for the purpose of forming an opinion or coming to a conclusion; compare; estimate deliberately and maturely; balance; ponder: as, to weigh the advantages and disadvantages of a scheme.
    • weigh To consider as worthy of notice; make account of; care for; regard; esteem.
    • weigh To overweigh or overpower; burden; op press. See the following phrase.
    • weigh To oppress with weight or heaviness; overburden; depress.
    • weigh To weigh anchor; get under way or in readiness to sail.
    • weigh To have weight, literally or figuratively.
    • weigh To be or amount in heaviness or weight; be of equal effect with in the balance: as, a nugget weighing several ounces; a load which weighs two tons. The terms expressing the weight are in the adverbial objective. That which a balance measures is the proportionate acceleration of masses toward the center of the earth. This is equal to their proportionate masses; and mass is the important quantity determined. The weight, or attraction of gravitation (less the centrifugal force), differs at different stations, and is not determined by the operation of weighing.
    • weigh To be considered as important; have weight in the intellectual balance.
    • weigh To bear heavily; press hard.
    • weigh To consider; reflect.
    • n weigh A certain quantity or measure, estimated by weight; a measure of weight (compare wey); in the South Wales coal-fields, a weight of ten tons.
    • n weigh A misspelling of way, in the phrase under way, due to confusion with the phrase to weigh anchor.
    • n weigh See wegh.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The world's largest burrito weighed 4,217 lbs.
    • v.t Weigh to compare by the balance: to find the heaviness of: to be equal to in heaviness: to bear up, to raise, esp. a ship's anchor: to ponder in the mind: to consider worthy of notice.—v.i. to have weight: to be considered of importance: to press heavily: to weigh anchor, get under sail.
    • v.t Weigh . wā, to compare by the balance: to find the heaviness of: to be equal to in heaviness: to bear up, to raise, esp. a ship's anchor: to ponder in the mind: to consider worthy of notice
    • v.i Weigh to have weight: to be considered of importance: to press heavily: to weigh anchor, get under sail
    • v.t Weigh to make more heavy
    • n Weigh a very common misspelling of way in the phrase 'Under way,' through confusion with the phrase 'To weigh anchor.'
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  • Plutarch
    “Prosperity is no just scale; adversity is the only balance to weigh friends.”
  • Johann Friedrich Von Schiller
    “Votes should be weighed not counted.”
  • Jean Racine
    Jean Racine
    “Now my innocence begins to weigh me down.”
  • Lord Chesterfield
    “Knowledge may give weight, but accomplishments give luster, and many more people see than weigh.”
  • Jools Holland
    Jools Holland
    “Naggers always know what they are doing. They weigh up the risks, then they go on and on and on until they get what they want or until they get punched.”
  • Fatty Arbuckle
    Fatty Arbuckle
    “I don't weigh a pound over one hundred and eighty and, what's more, I never did.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. weien, weyen, weghen, AS. wegan, to bear, move; akin to D. wegen, to weigh, G. wägen, wiegen, to weigh, bewegen, to move, OHG. wegan, Icel. vega, to move, carry, lift, weigh, Sw. väga, to weigh, Dan. veie, Goth. gawigan, to shake, L. vehere, to carry, Skr. vah,. . See Way, and cf. Wey


In literature:

The thought of what will become of my orphan boy weighs heavily on me.
"In the Wilds of Africa" by W.H.G. Kingston
A good-sized albatross weighs about twenty pounds, though, as before stated, he looks very much larger.
"The Land of the Kangaroo" by Thomas Wallace Knox
The Indian bales, which are more closely compressed than the American, usually weigh 400 pounds.
"Textiles" by William H. Dooley
The boats were hoisted up, and the anchor weighed by our steam windlass.
"Down South" by Oliver Optic
Then weigh it and soak it in water for twenty-four hours.
"Diggers in the Earth" by Eva March Tappan
Some babies weigh from five to seven pounds at birth, while others weigh from nine to twelve pounds.
"The Eugenic Marriage, Vol 2 (of 4)" by W. Grant Hague
Each of the gyros was four feet in diameter and weighed five hundred pounds.
"Space Platform" by Murray Leinster
At from fifteen to eighteen months old, the Leicester weighs from 25 to 30 lbs.
"The Stock-Feeder's Manual" by Charles Alexander Cameron
The spikes of fruit often weigh forty pounds.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
Weigh the boxes separately and leave them for three or four days in a warm room.
"Ontario Teachers' Manuals: Nature Study" by Ontario Ministry of Education

In poetry:

What's his burden every day?
Nothing man can count or weigh,
But loss and love's own grieving.
"London Stone" by Rudyard Kipling
Aw wodn't care to live at all,
Weighed daan wi' melancholy;
My doctrine is, goa in for all,
'At helps to mak life jolly.
"My Doctrine" by John Hartley
She looks upon the joy that was,
As herald of the joy to be;
She weighs the glory that he has
Against the things we see, --
"Ten Years After - Easter Sunday" by Annie Adams Fields
Then his eyes began to weary,
Weighed beneath a mortal sleep;
And their orbs grew strangely dreary,
Clouded, even as they would weep.
"A Death-Scene" by Emily Jane Bronte
Next morning something heavily
Against the opening door did weigh,
And there, from sin and sorrow free,
A woman on the threshold lay.
"The Forlorn" by James Russell Lowell
We praise not now the poet's art,
The rounded beauty of his song;
Who weighs him from his life apart
Must do his nobler nature wrong.
"Bryant On His Birthday" by John Greenleaf Whittier

In news:

She weighed 7 pounds, 7.5 ounces.
He weighed 8 pounds, 13 ounces and was 21 1/2 inches long.
Parents weigh in on Phillipsburg, Delaware Valley.
She weighed 7 pounds, 13 ounces.
Skeptical Bogle Weighs in on Whitney, the Markets and Our 'Slippery Slope'.
James "Baby Huey" Ramey was an unusual specimen: though he was six foot one and weighed more than 300 pounds, he could work a stage like a young James Brown.
Don King Weighs in on Hypothetical Obama-Versus-Romney Boxing Match , Kind Of.
Broc weighed 7 pounds 6 ounces and was 20 inches long.
Alabama's business college dean weighs in.
She weighed six pounds, four ounces and was 19 1/4 inches long.
Weighing dumbness one byte at a time.
She weighed 8 pounds, 3 ounces.
Sun staffer Chris Parry tries to weigh which meal is better for him, four McDonalds hamburgers or a creamy-dressing laden Earls ceasar salad.
Huge carryover weighing on cotton market.
Each week we invite someone from outside PE to weigh in with their thoughts about CBS News and the media at large.

In science:

For example, between the electroweak scale, the typical scale in the Standard Model, and the Planck scale, whose squared inverse essentially weighs the gravitational interaction, there are 17 orders of magnitude.
Issues on tadpoles and vacuum redefinitions in String Theory
The dilaton plays in String Theory a crucial role, since it weighs the perturbative expansion.
Issues on tadpoles and vacuum redefinitions in String Theory
Now that the B–factories have weighed in, we have five new charmed baryons just this year.
Challenges in Hadron Physics
We have also clarified how the parton multiplicity in Eq. (5) could be divergent due to collinear singularities but give a finite energy density after pT weighing and integration in Eq. (5).
Collinear Singularities and Running Coupling Corrections to Gluon Production in CGC
This motivation suggests that sparticles weigh less than about 1 TeV, but the exact mass scale depends on the amount of fine-tuning that one is prepared to tolerate .
Physics Beyond the Standard Model