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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun weight:


Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb weight:


Weight is sometimes a misspelling of wait.

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Definition of the noun weight

What does weight mean as a name of something?

Weight is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: weights

  1. the vertical force exerted by a mass as a result of gravity
    • lexical domain: Attributes - nouns denoting attributes of people and objects
    • more generic term: physical property = any property used to characterize matter and energy and their interactions
    • more specific terms:
    • attributes:
      • heavy = of comparatively great physical weight or density
      • light = of comparatively little physical weight or density
  2. 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. the relative importance granted to something
    • example: his opinion carries great weight
    • lexical domain: Attributes - nouns denoting attributes of people and objects
    • synonym of weight: weightiness
    • more generic word: importance = the quality of being important and worthy of note
  4. an artifact that is heavy
  5. an oppressive feeling of heavy force
    • example: bowed down by the weight of responsibility
    • lexical domain: Feelings - nouns denoting feelings and emotions
    • more generic words: oppression / oppressiveness = a feeling of being oppressed
  6. a system of units used to express the weight of something
  7. a unit used to measure weight
    • example: he placed two weights in the scale pan
    • lexical domain: Quantities - nouns denoting quantities and units of measure
    • synonym of weight: weight unit
    • more generic terms: unit / unit of measurement = any division of quantity accepted as a standard of measurement or exchange
    • more specific terms:
      • troy unit = any of the unit of the troy system of weights
      • apothecaries' weight / apothecaries' unit = any weight unit used in pharmacy
      • arroba = a unit of weight used in some Spanish speaking countries
      • cattie / catty = any of various units of weight used in southeastern Asia
      • crith = the weight of a liter of hydrogen
      • frail = the weight of a frail (basket) full of raisins or figs
      • last = a unit of weight equal to 4,000 pounds
      • maund = a unit of weight used in Asia
      • obolus = a Greek unit of weight equal to one tenth of a gram
      • oka = a Turkish unit of weight equal to about 2.75 pounds
      • picul = a unit of weight used in some parts of Asia
      • pood = a Russian unit of weight equal to approximately 36 pounds
      • rotl = a unit of weight used in some Moslem countries near the Mediterranean
      • tael = a unit of weight used in east Asia approximately equal to 1.3 ounces
      • tod = a unit of weight for wool equal to about 28 pounds
      • welterweight = a weight of 28 pounds
  8. (statistics) a coefficient assigned to elements of a frequency distribution in order to represent their relative importance
    • domain: statistics
    • lexical domain: Quantities - nouns denoting quantities and units of measure
    • synonym of weight: weighting
    • more generic word: coefficient = a constant number that serves as a measure of some property or characteristic

Alternative definition of the noun weight


  1. The force on an object due to the gravitational attraction between it and the Earth (or whatever astronomical object it is 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
  5. [weightlifting] A disc of iron, dumbbell, or barbell used for training the muscles.
  6. [physics] Mass (net weight, atomic weight, molecular weight, troy weight, carat weight, etc.).
  7. [statistics] A variable which multiplies a value for ease of statistical manipulation.
  8. [topology] The smallest cardinality of a base.
  9. [typography] The boldness of a font; the relative thickness of its strokes.
  10. [context: visual art] The relative thickness of a drawn rule or painted brushstroke, line weight.
  11. [context: visual art] The illusion of mass.
  12. [context: visual art] The thickness and opacity of paint.

Specialised definition of the noun weight

Glossary of sports

the attractive force the earth exerts on a body on or near its surface. (Mark H. Anshel. 1991. Dictionary of the Sport and Exercise Sciences. Human Kinetics Books Champaign, Illinois)

the product of the mass of an object and the acceleration due to gravity (9.81 m . s-2). Weight is measured in newtons (N). (Mark H. Anshel. 1991. Dictionary of the Sport and Exercise Sciences. Human Kinetics Books Champaign, Illinois)

how heavy someone or something is (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

something that is heavy, especially an object lifted, pushed or pulled in order to develop muscle tone or strength (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

Glossary of sports / archery

the number of pounds of force required to pull the bowstring back 28 inches

Glossary of sports / curling

the momentum given to a curling stone by the delivery

Glossary of sports / equestrian

the weight that the handicapper assigns a horse to carry based on its recent performances (2005. Chambers Sports Factfinder. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd)

Definition of the verb weight

What does weight mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: weighted | weighting | weights

  1. weight down with a load
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Recipient]Brown equipped his soldiers
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Recipient] with [Theme]Brown equipped Jones with a camera
      [Theme] [Verb] [Recipient]The huge load burdened the mule

      Verbs of Change of Possession (with the same syntax): armor, burden, compensate, encumber, overburden.

    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • synonyms of weight: burden / burthen / weight down
    • more generic word: charge = fill or load to capacity
    • more specific words:
  2. present with a bias

Alternative definition of the verb weight


  1. [transitive] To add weight to something, in order to make it heavier.
  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.


"Weight" is a short film, directed by Zachary Silverstein and written by Mark Kachuck.


Weight is a fictional character from the 2010 film The Alien Girl.


  1. "Weight" is a musical album of Strangers.
    • released on (8 years ago)
  2. "Weight" is a composition.
  3. "Weight" is a composition.
  4. Weight is a music video.


Weight: The -weight of a string, for a letter, is the number of times that letter occurs in the string.

Phrases with Weight

Phrases starting with the word Weight:

  1. weight down
  2. Weight gain
  3. Weight loss
  4. weight unit
  5. weight-lift

Phrases ending with the word Weight:

  1. Net Weight
  2. body weight
  3. dead weight
  4. free weight
  5. Give Weight
  6. Line Weight
  7. Live Weight
  8. Live-Weight
  9. Lose Weight
  10. Must weight
  11. sash weight
  12. troy weight
  13. carry weight
  14. Equal Weight
  15. Gross Weight

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Weight

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Google previewScientifica Workbook 7 (2004)

by Lawrie Ryan, David Sang, Peter Ellis

Weight is the name we give to the force of the Earth's gravity on an object.

Google previewThe Low Birth Weight Baby (2003)

by M. Mongelli

Matthew Mathai Birth weight is the single most important determinant of the chances of a newborn to survive and to...

Low birth weight is a major contributor to infant mortality in developing countries.

Additional confirmation that low birth weight is an important public health problem in India comes from the multicentric ...

Google previewAdvanced Data Mining and Applications (2010)

6th International Conference, ADMA 2010, Chongqing, China, November 19-21, 2010, Proceedings by Longbing Cao, Yong Feng, Jiang Zhong

SimRank++ Recently, a weighted SimRank algorithm, SimRank++[9], is designed to compute the similarity of the two queries though clicking ad, where weight means the number of clicks that an ad received as a result of being displayed ...

Google previewMultiple Sclerosis (2005)

A Self-Care Guide to Wellness, Second Edition by June Halper, MSN, ANP, FAAN, Dr. Nancy J. Holland, RN, EdD

Achieving a healthy weight means eating the right amount of food for you. • Your current weight is the result of lifelong eating habits, heredity, and level of physical activity. • Changing your weight is a matter of energy balance. Food energy is ...

Google previewAnatomy and Physiology Workbook For Dummies (2014)

by Janet Rae-Dupree, Pat DuPree

An example is standing on your tiptoes: The fulcrum is the joint between the toes and the foot, the weight is the body, and the muscles in the back of the leg at the heel bone apply the force. ✓ Class III, or removing a nail with a hammer: The ...

Google previewCurrent Construction Reports (1997)

New one-family houses sold. C25

"The base weight is the average logarithm of the square feet. The average number of square feet is a weighted average. All other base weights are given as percentages. | GEOGRAPHIC REGIONS A list of the States in the four.

Google previewRefinery Engineering (2012)

Integrated Process Modeling and Optimization by Ai-Fu Chang, Kiran Pashikanti, Y. A. Liu

Molecular Weight The molecular weight is the most basic information for a given pseudocomponent. Molecular weight is a required property to ensure an accurate material balance throughout the process flowsheet. Researchers have ...

Google previewThe Engine of Complexity (2013)

Evolution as Computation by John Mayfield

A weight is a number that when multiplied times an input value determines how important it is. A zero weight means the input is completely ignored. See artificial neural network. XOR Exclusive Or. A Boolean function that returns the value of 1 ...

Google previewTransportation-Logistics Dictionary (2012)

by Joseph L. Cavinato

WEIGHT, ESTIMATED The weights provided in classification and tariff schedules for goods shipped in certain packages, in a certain manner, or under certain conditions. The general practice of the carriers, however, is to base charges on the ...

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Quotes about Weight

Nobody can swim
With a weight.
Tied around their legs.

Sometimes a weight.
Can be a single
person or event.
Sometimes a weight
combines to be more.

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Scrabble value of W4E1I1G2H4T1

The value of this 6-letter word is 13 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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