• Importance or influence.
  • (statistics) A variable which multiplies a value for ease of statistical manipulation.
  • (visual art) The relative thickness of a drawn rule or painted brushstroke, line weight.
  • Pressure; burden.

    "the weight of care or business"

  • A standardized block of metal used in a balance to measure the mass of another object.
  • (physics) Mass (net weight, atomic weight, molecular weight, troy weight, carat weight, etc.).
  • (typography) The boldness of a font; the relative thickness of its strokes.
  • (visual art) The thickness and opacity of paint.
  • An object used to make something heavier.
  • (weightlifting) A disc of iron, dumbbell, or barbell used for training the muscles.

    "He's working out with weights."

  • (topology) The smallest cardinality of a base.
  • (visual art) The illusion of mass.
  • The resistance against which a machine acts, as opposed to the power which moves it.
  • The force on an object due to the gravitational attraction between it and the Earth (or whatever astronomical object it is primarily influenced by).


  • (transitive, horse racing) To handicap a horse with a specified weight.
  • (transitive, dyeing) To load (fabrics) with barite, etc. to increase the weight.
  • (transitive) To bias something; to slant.
  • (transitive) To add weight to something; to make something heavier.
  • (transitive, mathematics) To assign weights to individual statistics.
  • (transitive) To load, burden or oppress someone.

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