• WordNet 3.6
    • v weight present with a bias "He biased his presentation so as to please the share holders"
    • v weight weight down with a load
    • n weight an artifact that is heavy
    • n weight 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
    • n weight the vertical force exerted by a mass as a result of gravity
    • n weight the relative importance granted to something "his opinion carries great weight","the progression implied an increasing weightiness of the items listed"
    • n weight an oppressive feeling of heavy force "bowed down by the weight of responsibility"
    • n weight (statistics) a coefficient assigned to elements of a frequency distribution in order to represent their relative importance
    • n weight a unit used to measure weight "he placed two weights in the scale pan"
    • n weight a system of units used to express the weight of something
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Brass weights and a piece of scrap brass unearthed at Jamestown. Records indicate that many metalworkers emigrated to Virginia during the 17th century Brass weights and a piece of scrap brass unearthed at Jamestown. Records indicate that many metalworkers emigrated to...
A few of the many artifacts relating to fishing unearthed at Jamestown: fishhooks, fish-gigs, and lead net weights A few of the many artifacts relating to fishing unearthed at Jamestown: fishhooks, fish-gigs, and lead net weights

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The average weight of a newborn baby is 7 lbs. 6 oz. For a triplet baby it is 3 lbs. 12 oz
    • Weight A definite mass of iron, lead, brass, or other metal, to be used for ascertaining the weight of other bodies; as, an ounce weight .
    • Weight A ponderous mass; something heavy; as, a clock weight; a paper weight. "A man leapeth better with weights in his hands."
    • Weight A scale, or graduated standard, of heaviness; a mode of estimating weight; as, avoirdupois weight; troy weight; apothecaries' weight.
    • Weight Hence, pressure; burden; as, the weight of care or business. "The weight of this said time.""For the public all this weight he bears.""He] who singly bore the world's sad weight ."
    • Weight Importance; power; influence; efficacy; consequence; moment; impressiveness; as, a consideration of vast weight . "In such a point of weight , so near mine honor."
    • Weight 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.
    • Weight 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. "For sorrow, like a heavy-hanging bell,
      Once set on ringing, with his own weight goes."
    • Weight (Mech) The resistance against which a machine acts, as opposed to the power which moves it.
    • Weight (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.
    • Weight (Astron. & Physics) To assign a weight to; to express by a number the probable accuracy of, as an observation. See Weight of observations, under Weight.
    • Weight (Dyeing) To load (fabrics) as with barite, to increase the weight, etc.
    • Weight 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. "The arrows of satire, . . . weighted with sense."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The ant can lift 50 times its own weight.
    • n weight In mathematics: The number of roots of x appertaining to any given function or functions of x, which must be employed to express a quantity composed of the product of the coefficients.
    • n weight With respect to any selected variable in a system of homogeneous functions, the sum of the weights in respect to such variable of the several coefficients of which the quantity is composed (the weight of each several coefficient meaning the index of the power of the selected variable in that term of the given function or functions which is affected with such coefficient).
    • n weight In archery, the strength of a bow measured in pounds by the pull or weight necessary to fully draw the bow.
    • n weight Downward force of a body; gravity; heaviness; ponderousness; more exactly, the resultant of the force of the earth's gravitation and of the centrifugal pressure from its axis of rotation, considered as a property of the body affected by it. Considerable confusion has existed between weight and mass, the latter being the quantity of matter as measured by the ratio of the momentum of a body to its velocity. Weight, in this the proper sense of the word, is something which varies with the latitude of the station at which the heavy body is, being greater by of itself at the poles than at the equator; it also varies considerably with the elevation above the sea ( for every kilometer). The weights of different bodies at one and the same station were proved, by Newton's experiments with pendulums of different material, to be in the ratio of their masses, and irrespective of their chemical composition; consequently, a balance which shows the equality of weight of two bodies at one station also shows the equality of their masses. In determining the specific gravity of a body, it is hung by a fine thread to one pan of the balance, and immersed completely in water. The reduced number of pounds, ounces, etc., which is required in the other pan to balance the first, under these circumstances, is called the weight of the body in water. In like manner, we speak of the weight in air and the weight in water. These expressions forbid our conceiving of weight as synonymous with the quantity of matter; and yet, when a pound is said to be a unit of weight, although it is intended to be carried up mountains and to distant places, mass or quantity of matter, must be understood since there is no important quantity but the quantity of matter which a pound or a kilogram measures. The confusion is increased when the pound is defined, as it still is in the United States, by the weight of a certain standard in air, without reference to the height of the barometer and thermometer. In the older books on mechanics, a pound is taken as a force, and the quantity of matter is obtained by dividing the weight by the measure of gravity; but now both the theoretical books and the legal definitions of the standards used in weighing make the pound, kilo, etc., to be masses, or quantities of matter, whose weight is obtained by multiplying them by the acceleration of gravity at any station. Nevertheless, the older system still finds a few supporters. It was long after Galileo had firmly established the law of falling bodies before it occurred to anybody that weight was a force. Gravity, so far as common observation shows, draws bodies to the earth alone, and that in parallel lines, and Galileo had shown that it accelerates all bodies alike, whether they are great or small, so that there was nothing to suggest the idea of force, especially as that idea was then in its infancy, and had not attained its present prominence in the minds of men. Weight in those days being looked upon as a property of single bodies, and not as subsisting between pairs of bodies, was necessarily confounded with mass; and a mental inertia, or natural clinging to old conceptions, kept up the confusion after Newton had demonstrated the true law of gravitation. For the units of weight, see def. 5. Abbreviated ut.
    • n weight Mass; relative quantity of matter.
    • n weight A heavy mass; specifically, something used on account of its weight or its mass. Thus, the use. fulness of the weights that a man holds in his hands in leaping or jumping lies in the addition they impart to his momentum, and their dragging him down is a disadvantage: but the weights of a clock are for giving a downward pull, and their momentum is practically nothing.
    • n weight Specifically, a body of determinate mass, intended to be used on a balance or scale for measuring the weight or mass of the body in the other pan or part of the scale (as the platform in a platform-scale).
    • n weight A system of units for expressing thy weight or mass of bodies. Avoirdupois weight is founded on the avoirdupois pound (see pound), which is equal to 453.5926525 grams. It is divided into 16 ounces, and each ounce into 16 drams; 112 (in the United States commonly 100) pounds make a hundredweight, and 20 hundredweights a ton. (See ton.) The stone is 14 pounds. Troy weight is founded on the troy pound, which is 373.242 grams. It is divided into 12 ounces, each ounce into 20 pennyweights, and each pennyweight into 24 grains. But formerly the pennyweight was divided into 32 real grains. There was also an ideal subdivision of the grain into 20 mites, each of 24 droites, each of 20 peroits, each of 24 blanks. The goldsmiths also divided the ounce troy into 24 carats of 4 grains each for gold and silver, and into 150 carats of 4 grains each for diamonds. Troy weight formerly employed for many purposes, is now only used for gold and silver. Apothecaries' weight, still used in the United States for dispensing medicine, divides the troy ounce into 8 drams, each dram into 3 scruples, and each scruple into 20 grains, which are identical with troy grains. For weight in the metric system, see metric.
    • n weight Pressure; burden; care; responsibility.
    • n weight In coal-mining, subsidence of the roof due to pressure from above, which takes effect as the coal is worked away. In long-wall working, the weight is usually of importance, as causing the coal, after it has been holed, to “get itself”—that is, to break down without the necessity of using powder, wedges, or something similar. Properly, “weight” is the cause and “weighting” the result, but the two words are often used with nearly the same meaning.
    • n weight Importance; specifically, the importance of a fact as evidence tending to establish a conclusion; efficacy; power of influencing the conduct of persons and the course of events; effective influence in general. In calculations by least squares, the weight assigned to an observation is its effect upon the result, expressed by its equivalence to a certain number of concordant observations of standard accuracy.
    • n weight In medicine, a sensation of oppression or heaviness over the whole body or over a part of it, as the head or stomach.
    • weight To add or attach a weight or weights to; load with additional weight; add to the heaviness of.
    • weight In dyeing, to load (the threads) with minerals or other foreign matters mixed with the dyes, for the purpose of making the fabrics appear thick and heavy.
    • weight In founding, to bind (the parts of a flask) together by means of weights placed on the top, in order to prevent the bursting of the flask under the pressure of the liquid metal.
    • n weight See wecht.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The human body has over 600 muscles, 40% of the body's weight.
    • Weight the heaviness of a thing when weighed, or the amount which anything weighs: the force with which a body is attracted to the earth, measured by the mass into the acceleration: a mass of metal adjusted to a standard and used for finding weight: anything heavy: a ponderous mass: pressure: importance: power: impressiveness: in mining, subsidence of the roof due to overhead pressure
    • Weight the heaviness of a thing when weighed, or the amount which anything weighs: the force with which a body is attracted to the earth, measured by the mass into the acceleration: a mass of metal adjusted to a standard and used for finding weight: anything heavy: a ponderous mass: pressure: importance: power: impressiveness: in mining, subsidence of the roof due to overhead pressure, also called Weigh′ting
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  • George Herbert
    “None knows the weight of another's burden.”
  • Orison Swett Marden
    “Resolve that whatever you do, you will bring the whole man to it; that you will fling the whole weight of your being into it.”
  • Georg C. Lichtenberg
    “Man is a masterpiece of creation if for no other reason than that, all the weight of evidence for determinism notwithstanding, he believes he has free will.”
  • Lord Chesterfield
    “Knowledge may give weight, but accomplishments give luster, and many more people see than weigh.”
  • Sophocles
    “One word frees us of all the weight and pain of life; that word is love.”
  • Albert Camus
    “We come into the world laden with the weight of an infinite necessity.”


Pull your weight - If someone is not pulling their weight, they aren't making enough effort, especially in group work.
Throw your weight around - If someone throws their weight around, they use their authority or force of personality to get what they want in the face of opposition.
Weight off your shoulders - If something is a weight off your shoulders, you have relieved yourself of a burden, normally a something that has been troubling you or worrying you.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. weght, wight, AS. gewiht,; akin to D. gewigt, G. gewicht, Icel. vætt, Sw. vigt, Dan. vægt,. See Weigh (v. t.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. wegan, to carry; Ger. wiegen; L. vehĕre, to carry.


In literature:

You'll be carrying most weight.
"Out of the Depths" by Robert Ames Bennet
Boil a knuckle of veal of about five pounds weight; let it stand till cold; then strain, and fry it in a little butter.
"The Lady's Own Cookery Book, and New Dinner-Table Directory;" by Charlotte Campbell Bury
I could not judge of his strength, for I never felt his weight.
"Tales of Fishes" by Zane Grey
My weight on the end of the rope hit me behind the ears like a mallet.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science April 1930" by Various
It was a slumber weighted with the restlessness of a brain fighting to the last against exhaustion and the inevitable end.
"The Valley of Silent Men" by James Oliver Curwood
It was almost her first escape from the brooding care and weight of Haney's presence.
"Money Magic" by Hamlin Garland
It supports the weight of the head, trunk, and upper extremities.
"A Treatise on Anatomy, Physiology, and Hygiene (Revised Edition)" by Calvin Cutter
But if we are not sure that we can put weight above it, we are perfectly sure that we can hang weight under it.
"The Stones of Venice, Volume I (of 3)" by John Ruskin
She seemed to have to lift a ton's weight to speak them.
"The German Classics of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries" by Various
There was that thing on his back, and the weight upon the thing.
"Bred of the Desert" by Marcus Horton

In poetry:

Ah me! how hard the task to bear
The weight of ills we know!
But harder still to dry the tear,
That mourns a nameless we.
"First Love" by Washington Allston
Till at length the burden seems
Greater than our strength can bear,
Heavy as the weight of dreams
Pressing on us everywhere.
"Something Left Undone. (Birds Of Passage. Flight The Second)" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
The warrior's brow was worn
With the weight of casque and plume,
And sun-burnt was his cheek,
And his eye and brow were gloom.
"Hannibal's Oath" by Letitia Elizabeth Landon
From my lowly home of childhood
Low sweet voices fill my ears,
Till my drooping lids grow heavy
With the weight of tender tears.
"The Lowly Song of A Lowly Bard" by Janet Hamilton
We are weary,--cares and woes
Lay their weight on every breast,
And each heart before thee knows,
That it sighs for inward rest.
"Beechenbrook - VII" by Margaret Junkin Preston
This thought a weight of woe imparts,
At once to sink a wretch like me;
What can I hope, if human hearts
Delight in human misery?
"The Culprit" by Nathaniel Bloomfield

In news:

This is the first time the weight room has ever been renovated.
For the past year she has wheeled herself to the YMCA in Cordova to lift weights.
A man who was once house-bound due to his crippling 804lb weight, has lost 330lb in a single year.
3-Minute Fit Test: Body Weight Ego-Buster.
Height – 5'8 Weight – 132 lbs.
Viens, who attended his trial in a wheelchair, said in the interview that he stuffed his wife's body in a 55-gallon drum of boiling water and kept it submerged with weights.
I'm in awe of the crunch the leaves emit beneath the weight of my feet and how they blanket my lawn as if preparing it for a cold winter to come.
Bethenny's baby-weight loss worries mothers.
Height, weight, age if known: 6 Months.
Expert advice on how to keep your weight-loss plan on target.
Horror movies can help people burn calories and lose weight a new study shows.
Not only is your weight killing you, but it can make you stupid as well.
Our Most Inspiring Before & After Weight Loss Photos.
"How I Celebrated My Weight Loss".
Losing weight takes better nutrition.

In science:

Definition 4.2 (Highest weight representations) A representation V of the twisted super Yangian Y (M |2n)+ is cal led highest weight it is generated by a highest weight vector .
Twisted superYangians and their representations
If M is a finite-dimensional irreducible module, M is a highest weight module that is, contains a highest weight vector vλ of weight λ such that M = Uq (sp2n )vλ .
An algorithm for computing the global basis of an irreducible $U_{q}(sp_{2n})$-module
The weight lattice of SP is embedded in the weight lattice of G. the highest weight of V , we wil l cal l λ + P niwi the highest weight of the irreducible representation of P (Σ) above.
Geometric Syzygies of Mukai Varieties and General Canonical Curves with Genus at most 8
Weights are organized into “multiplets” of weights of the form w(λ + δ) − δ for a single dominant weight λ and different choices of Weyl group element w.
Quantum Field Theory and Representation Theory: A Sketch
For Λ ∈ P+ (P+ is the set of dominant integral weight), let us denote an integral highest weight simple module with the highest weight Λ by L(Λ)() and its pro jective space by P(Λ) := (L(Λ) \ {0})/C× .
Geometric Crystals on Schubert Varieties