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light weight

noun, Nautical.
Origin of light weight
1765-75 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • Then the chief and his stalwart daughter hauled the light-weight pakeha safely to the summit of the wall.

  • Sheen watched the light-weight contests, and nearly danced with irritation.

    The White Feather P. G. Wodehouse
  • It is not that the work of a single game proves too much for the light-weight half.

    American Football Walter Camp
  • How was he to get himself appointed as the Wrykyn light-weight representative?

    The White Feather P. G. Wodehouse
  • Chambray is a light-weight single cloth fabric that is always woven with a plain weave, and always has a white selvedge.

    Textiles William H. Dooley
  • The injuries, thank you, are the merest trifles—all that such a light-weight could inflict.

    Lady Baltimore Owen Wister
  • The opponents of Kentfield were light-weight players, and the cadets had no difficulty in piling up a big score.

    Dick Hamilton's Cadet Days Howard R. Garis
  • I was eight stone four then; so you see I am only a light-weight.

    Cashel Byron's Profession George Bernard Shaw
  • A wide page of light-weight paper might otherwise be too limp.

    From Paper-mill to Pressroom William Bond Wheelwright
  • When God made me a light-weight I guess he knew what he was about.

    Smoke Bellew Jack London
light-weight in Technology

Opposite of heavy-weight; usually found in combining forms such as "light-weight process".
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The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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