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[weyt-lis] /ˈweɪt lɪs/
being without apparent weight, as a freely falling body or a body acted upon by a force that neutralizes gravitation.
Origin of weightless
First recorded in 1540-50; weight + -less
Related forms
weightlessly, adverb
weightlessness, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • He felt himself floating, weightless, in a sea of red that smothered him deliciously.

    The Metal Moon Everett C. Smith
  • But obviously, since he was weightless, he was not on Deneb IV.

    A Place in the Sun C.H. Thames
  • "Maybe they'd be weightless, but they still wouldn't go up," I said.

    Double or Nothing Jack Sharkey
  • They made their second, 180-degree turnover while weightless.

    The Cosmic Computer Henry Beam Piper
  • Yet there were comfortable chairs with straps so that when a man was weightless he could fasten himself in them.

    Space Platform Murray Leinster
  • It moved with the weightless ease of an ancient dirigible on a still day.

    The Sword Frank Quattrocchi
  • He carried objects which had been weightless, but were suddenly heavy in the ship's gravity-field.

    Pariah Planet Murray Leinster
  • It was as though we floated buoyantly, weightless, upon some swift stream.

    The Metal Monster A. Merritt
  • Gravity pressed his body, crushed him; a sudden, sickening drop left him weightless.

    Earth Alert! Kris Neville
British Dictionary definitions for weightless


(of a body) having no actual weight; a state in which an object has no actual weight (because it is in space and unaffected by gravitational attraction) or no apparent weight (because the gravitational attraction equals the centripetal force and the object is in free fall)
  1. (of economic activity) based on the supply of information and ideas rather than trade in physical goods: the weightless economy
  2. (of a company) having very few physical assets: weightless dot.coms
Derived Forms
weightlessness, noun
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