- relative heaviness or thickness as related to warmth or to seasonal use (often used in combination): a winter-weight jacket.
- relative heaviness or thickness as related to use: a bolt of coat-weight woolen cloth.
verb (used with object)
- weigh one's words,
- weigh up,
- weight belt,
- weight density,
- weight for age,
- weight lifting,
- weight training
Origin of weight
Examples from the Web for weight
The rule of law, you see, buckles, bends and sometimes crumbles under the weight of racism, sexism, and classism.
While juice cleanses and weight loss colonics seem like relatively recent inventions, they have a long history.
Now, his new book “The Bulletproof Diet,” claims to offer a weight loss solution that lets you have your butter, and eat it too.Bulletproof Coffee and the Case for Butter as a Health Food|DailyBurn|December 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
A table creaking under the weight of a Christmas banquet, a classic celebration of binge eating and drinking.
The weight of both decisions ignited protests across the land.Any Outrage Out There for Ramos and Liu, Protesters?|Mike Barnicle|December 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Distraction gave him supernatural strength, and her weight seemed that of a child.
It combines with water, giving off much heat; and dissolves in a little more than its own weight of water.A Textbook of Assaying: For the Use of Those Connected with Mines.|Cornelius Beringer and John Jacob Beringer
She shrank from his touch, literally into the arms upon which Philadelphus rested his weight.The City of Delight|Elizabeth Miller
Under the weight of this imminent secret, the Princess Martha could neither eat nor sleep.Beauty and The Beast, and Tales From Home|Bayard Taylor
With the weight of a world on His arm, was He to have His hands free for such a trifling attention as this?
Word Origin for weight
Old English gewiht, from Proto-Germanic *(ga)wekhtiz, *(ga)wekhtjan (cf. Old Norse vætt, Old Frisian wicht, Middle Dutch gewicht, German Gewicht), from *weg- (see weigh). The verb meaning "to load with weight" is attested from 1747; sense in statistics is recorded from 1901. To lose weight "get thinner" is recorded from 1961. Weight Watcher as a trademark name dates from 1960. To pull one's weight (1921) is from rowing.
Although most hand-held calculators can translate pounds into kilograms, an absolute conversion factor between these two units is not technically sound. A pound is a unit of force, and a kilogram is a unit of mass. When the unit pound is used to indicate the force that a gravitational field exerts on a mass, the pound is a unit of weight. Mistaking weight for mass is tantamount to confusing the electric charges on two objects with the forces of attraction (or repulsion) between them. Like charge, the mass of an object is an intrinsic property of that object: electrons have a unique mass, protons have a unique mass, and some particles, such as photons, have no mass. Weight, on the other hand, is a force due to the gravitational attraction between two bodies. For example, one's weight on the Moon is 16 of one's weight on Earth. Nevertheless, one's mass on the Moon is identical to one's mass on Earth. The reason that hand-held calculators can translate between units of weight and units of mass is that the majority of us use calculators on the planet Earth at sea level, where the conversion factor is constant for all practical purposes.
see by weight; carry weight; dead weight; pull one's weight; put on weight; throw one's weight around; worth one's weight in gold;