see also: Weight
Pronunciation Noun


  1. 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. An object used to make something heavier.
  3. A standardized block of metal used in a balance to measure the mass of another object.
  4. Importance or influence.
    • 1907 Alonso de Espinosa, Hakluyt Society & Sir Clements Robert Markham, The Guanches of Tenerife: the holy image of Our Lady of Candelaria, and the Spanish conquest and settlement, Printed for the Hakluyt Society, p116
      Another knight came to settle on the island, a man of much weight and position, on whom the Adelantados of all the island relied, and who was made a magistrate.
    • 1945 Mikia Pezas, The price of liberty, I. Washburn, Inc., p11
      "You surely are a man of some weight around here," I said.
  5. (weightlifting) An object, such as a weight plate or barbell, used for strength training.
    He's working out with weights.
  6. (physics) Mass (atomic weight, molecular weight, etc.) (in restricted circumstances)
  7. (physics, proscribed) Synonym of mass#English|mass (in general circumstances)
  8. (measurement) Mass (net weight, troy weight, carat weight, etc.).
  9. (statistics) A variable which multiplies a value for ease of statistical manipulation.
  10. (topology) The smallest cardinality of a base.
  11. (typography) The boldness of a font; the relative thickness of its strokes.
  12. (visual art) The relative thickness of a drawn rule or painted brushstroke, line weight.
  13. (visual art) The illusion of mass.
  14. (visual art) The thickness and opacity of paint.
  15. Pressure; burden.
    the weight of care or business
    • c. 1603–1606, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of King Lear”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act V, scene iii]:
      The weight of this sad time.
    • 1671, John Milton, “Book the Second”, in Paradise Regain’d. A Poem. In IV Books. To which is Added, Samson Agonistes, London: Printed by J. M[acock] for John Starkey […], OCLC 228732398 ↗:
      For the public all this weight he bears.
  16. The resistance against which a machine acts, as opposed to the power which moves it.
  17. (slang, uncountable) Shipments of (often illegal) drugs.
    He was pushing weight.
  18. (slang, countable) One pound (1 lb) of drugs, especially cannabis.
    • 2002, Nicholas Dorn, ‎Karim Murji, ‎Nigel South, Traffickers: Drug Markets and Law Enforcement (page 5)
      [I was] doing a weight [1 lb. at that time] a week, sometimes more, sometimes less.
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  • Portuguese: peso
  • Russian: вес
  • Spanish: peso
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weight (weights, present participle weighting; past and past participle weighted)

  1. (transitive) To add weight to something; to make something heavier.
    1. (transitive, dyeing) To load (fabrics) with barite, etc. to increase the weight.
  2. (transitive) To load, burden or oppress someone.
  3. (transitive, mathematics) To assign weights to individual statistics.
  4. (transitive) To bias something; to slant.
  5. (transitive, horse racing) To handicap a horse with a specified weight.
  6. (transitive, sport) To give a certain amount of force to a throw, kick, hit, etc.
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  1. Surname

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