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  4  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Weight  \Weight\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Weighted};  p.  pr  &  vb  n. 
  {Weighting}.] 
  1.  To  load  with  a  weight  or  weights;  to  load  down  to  make 
  heavy;  to  attach  weights  to  as  to  weight  a  horse  or  a 
  jockey  at  a  race;  to  weight  a  whip  handle. 
 
  The  arrows  of  satire,  .  .  .  weighted  with  sense 
  --Coleridge. 
 
  2.  (Astron.  &  Physics)  To  assign  a  weight  to  to  express  by  a 
  number  the  probable  accuracy  of  as  an  observation.  See 
  {Weight  of  observations},  under  {Weight}. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Weight  \Weight\,  n.  [OE.  weght,  wight,  AS  gewiht  akin  to  D. 
  gewigt  G.  gewicht  Icel.  v[ae]tt,  Sw  vigt  Dan.  v[ae]gt. 
  See  {Weigh},  v.  t.] 
  1.  The  quality  of  being  heavy;  that  property  of  bodies  by 
  which  they  tend  toward  the  center  of  the  earth;  the  effect 
  of  gravitative  force,  especially  when  expressed  in  certain 
  units  or  standards,  as  pounds,  grams,  etc 
 
  Note:  Weight  differs  from  gravity  in  being  the  effect  of 
  gravity,  or  the  downward  pressure  of  a  body  under  the 
  influence  of  gravity;  hence  it  constitutes  a  measure 
  of  the  force  of  gravity,  and  being  the  resultant  of  all 
  the  forces  exerted  by  gravity  upon  the  different 
  particles  of  the  body,  it  is  proportional  to  the 
  quantity  of  matter  in  the  body. 
 
  2.  The  quantity  of  heaviness;  comparative  tendency  to  the 
  center  of  the  earth;  the  quantity  of  matter  as  estimated 
  by  the  balance,  or  expressed  numerically  with  reference  to 
  some  standard  unit;  as  a  mass  of  stone  having  the  weight 
  of  five  hundred  pounds. 
 
  For  sorrow,  like  a  heavy-hanging  bell,  Once  set  on 
  ringing,  with  his  own  weight  goes.  --Shak. 
 
  3.  Hence  pressure;  burden;  as  the  weight  of  care  or 
  business.  ``The  weight  of  this  said  time.''  --Shak. 
 
  For  the  public  all  this  weight  he  bears.  --Milton. 
 
  [He]  who  singly  bore  the  world's  sad  weight. 
  --Keble. 
 
  4.  Importance;  power;  influence;  efficacy;  consequence; 
  moment;  impressiveness;  as  a  consideration  of  vast 
  weight. 
 
  In  such  a  point  of  weight,  so  near  mine  honor. 
  --Shak. 
 
  5.  A  scale,  or  graduated  standard,  of  heaviness;  a  mode  of 
  estimating  weight;  as  avoirdupois  weight;  troy  weight; 
  apothecaries'  weight. 
 
  6.  A  ponderous  mass;  something  heavy;  as  a  clock  weight;  a 
  paper  weight. 
 
  A  man  leapeth  better  with  weights  in  his  hands. 
  --Bacon. 
 
  7.  A  definite  mass  of  iron,  lead,  brass,  or  other  metal,  to 
  be  used  for  ascertaining  the  weight  of  other  bodies;  as 
  an  ounce  weight. 
 
  8.  (Mech.)  The  resistance  against  which  a  machine  acts  as 
  opposed  to  the  power  which  moves  it  [Obs.] 
 
  {Atomic  weight}.  (Chem.)  See  under  {Atomic},  and  cf 
  {Element}. 
 
  {Dead  weight},  {Feather  weight},  {Heavy  weight},  {Light 
  weight},  etc  See  under  {Dead},  {Feather},  etc 
 
  {Weight  of  observation}  (Astron.  &  Physics),  a  number 
  expressing  the  most  probable  relative  value  of  each 
  observation  in  determining  the  result  of  a  series  of 
  observations  of  the  same  kind 
 
  Syn:  Ponderousness;  gravity;  heaviness;  pressure;  burden; 
  load;  importance;  power;  influence;  efficacy; 
  consequence;  moment;  impressiveness. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Weight  \Weight\,  v.  t.  (Dyeing) 
  To  load  (fabrics)  as  with  barite,  to  increase  the  weight, 
  etc 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  weight 
  n  1:  the  vertical  force  exerted  by  a  mass  as  a  result  of  gravity 
  2:  equipment  used  in  calisthenic  exercises  and  weightlifting 
  [syn:  {exercising  weight}] 
  3:  the  relative  importance  granted  to  something  "his  opinion 
  carries  great  weight" 
  4:  an  artifact  that  is  heavy 
  5:  an  oppressive  feeling  of  heavy  force;  "bowed  down  by  the 
  weight  of  responsibility" 
  6:  a  system  of  units  used  to  express  the  weight  of  something 
  [syn:  {system  of  weights}] 
  7:  a  unit  used  to  measure  weight;  "he  placed  two  weights  in  the 
  scale  pan"  [syn:  {weight  unit}] 
  8:  (statistics)  a  coefficient  assigned  to  elements  of  a 
  frequency  distribution  in  order  to  represent  their 
  relative  importance  [syn:  {weighting}] 
  v  1:  weight  down  with  a  load  [syn:  {burden},  {burthen},  {weight 
  down}]  [ant:  {unburden}] 
  2:  present  with  a  bias  [syn:  {slant},  {angle}] 




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