From Middle English weight, weiȝte, weght, wight, from Old English wiht, ġewiht (“weight”), from Proto-Germanic *wihtiz ("weight"; compare *weganą (“to move”)), from Proto-Indo-European *weǵʰ- (“to move; pull; draw; drive”).
Cognate with Scots wecht, weicht (“weight”), Saterland Frisian Wächte (“scale”), Saterland Frisian Gewicht (“weight”), West Frisian gewicht (“weight”), Dutch gewicht (“weight”), German Low German Wicht, Gewicht (“weight”), German Gewicht (“weight”).
weight (countable and uncountable, plural weights)
- The force on an object due to the gravitational attraction between it and the Earth (or whatever astronomical object it is primarily influenced by).
- An object used to make something heavier.
- A standardized block of metal used in a balance to measure the mass of another object.
- Importance or influence.
1897, Winston Churchill, chapter 1, in The Celebrity:
- I liked the man for his own sake, and even had he promised to turn out a celebrity it would have had no weight with me. I look upon notoriety with the same indifference as on the buttons on a man's shirt-front, or the crest on his note-paper.
- 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.
- (weightlifting) A disc of iron, dumbbell, or barbell used for training the muscles.
He's working out with weights.
- (physics) Mass (net weight, atomic weight, molecular weight, troy weight, carat weight, etc.).
- (statistics) A variable which multiplies a value for ease of statistical manipulation.
- (topology) The smallest cardinality of a base.
- (typography) The boldness of a font; the relative thickness of its strokes.
- (visual art) The relative thickness of a drawn rule or painted brushstroke, line weight.
- (visual art) The illusion of mass.
- (visual art) The thickness and opacity of paint.
- Pressure; burden.
the weight of care or business
- The weight of this sad time.
- For the public all this weight he bears.
- The resistance against which a machine acts, as opposed to the power which moves it.
- (slang, uncountable) Shipments of (often illegal) drugs.
- He was pushing weight.
Terms derived from weight
force due to gravity
- Arabic: وَزْن (ar) (wazn)
- Armenian: կշիռ (hy) (kšiṙ), քաշ (hy) (kʿaš), ծանրություն (hy) (canrutʿyun)
- Asturian: pesu m
- Azeri: çəki (az), ağırlıq (az)
- Basque: pisu
- Belarusian: ва́га f (váha)
- Bulgarian: тегло́ (bg) n (tegló)
- Burmese: အလေး (my) (a.le:)
- Catalan: pes
- Central Melanau: baat
- Mandarin: 重量 (zh) (zhòngliàng), (body weight) 體重 (zh), 体重 (zh) (tǐzhòng)
- Czech: váha (cs) f
- Danish: vægt c, tyngdekraft c
- Dutch: gewicht (nl)
- Esperanto: pezo
- Estonian: kaal
- Ewe: kpekpeme n
- Finnish: paino (fi)
- French: poids (fr)
- Friulian: pês m
- Galician: peso (gl) m
- Georgian: please add this translation if you can
- German: Gewicht (de) n
- Greek: βάρος (el) n (város)
- Hawaiian: kaumaha
- Hebrew: מִשְׁקָל (he) m (mishkál)
- Hindi: भार (hi) m (bhār)
- Hungarian: súly (hu)
- Icelandic: please add this translation if you can
- Ido: pezo (io)
- Indonesian: berat (id), bobot (id)
- Irish: meáchan m
- Italian: peso (it) m
- Japanese: (objects) 重さ (omosa), (general) 重量 (ja) (jūryō), (living things) 体重 (ja) (taijū)
- Kazakh: салмақ (salmaq)
- Khmer: please add this translation if you can
- Korean: 중량 (ko) (jungnyang) (重量 (ko)), 무게 (ko) (muge), 체중 (ko) (chejung) (body weight)
- Kyrgyz: салмак (ky) (salmak)
- Ladin: peis m
object to make something heavier
standardized measuring weight
weight for training muscles
topology: the smallest cardinality of a base
typography: boldness of a font
thickness and opacity of paint
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weight (third-person singular simple present weights, present participle weighting, simple past and past participle weighted)
- (transitive) To add weight to something; to make something heavier.
- (transitive, dyeing) To load (fabrics) with barite, etc. to increase the weight.
- (transitive) To load, burden or oppress someone.
- (transitive, mathematics) To assign weights to individual statistics.
- (transitive) To bias something; to slant.
- (transitive, horse racing) To handicap a horse with a specified weight.