- 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)
Origin of weight
Synonyms for weight
Related Words for weightload, density, gravity, pressure, substance, burden, heft, impact, power, influence, clout, emphasis, magnitude, value, significance, consequence, prestige, responsibility, strain, gross
Examples from the Web for weight
Contemporary Examples of weight
The rule of law, you see, buckles, bends and sometimes crumbles under the weight of racism, sexism, and classism.What Would Happen if I Got in White Cop’s Face?
December 30, 2014
While juice cleanses and weight loss colonics seem like relatively recent inventions, they have a long history.Why Your New Year’s Diet Will Fail
December 30, 2014
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
December 27, 2014
A table creaking under the weight of a Christmas banquet, a classic celebration of binge eating and drinking.How Dickens and Scrooge Saved Christmas
December 22, 2014
The weight of both decisions ignited protests across the land.Any Outrage Out There for Ramos and Liu, Protesters?
December 22, 2014
Historical Examples of weight
The whole rested on a golden image of Atlas, bending beneath the weight.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
At first the solid blackness seemed to lay a weight on their foreheads.Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
Their weight was too great not to count, but it counted first this way and then that.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
First he shifted to one foot, and then he shifted his weight to the other.
It squeaked under his weight, he felt the rungs bow and tremble.
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.
Usage: 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;