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1a body’s relative mass or the quantity of matter contained by it, giving rise to a downward force; the heaviness of a person or thing:he was at least 175 pounds in weight Physics the force exerted on the mass of a body by a gravitational field. Compare with mass. the quality of being heavy:as he came upstairs the boards creaked under his weight a unit or system of units used for expressing how much an object or quantity of matter weighs. a piece of metal known to weigh a definite amount and used on scales to determine how heavy an object or quantity of a substance is. the amount that a jockey is expected or required to weigh, or the amount that a horse can easily carry. the surface density of cloth, used as a measure of its quality. 2a heavy object, especially one being lifted or carried. a heavy object used to give an impulse or act as a counterweight in a mechanism. a heavy object propelled by a shot-putter.
) blocks or discs of metal or other heavy material used in weightlifting or weight training.
3the ability of someone or something to influence decisions or actions:a recommendation by the committee will carry great weight the importance attached to something:individuals differ in the weight they attach to various aspects of a job Statistics a factor associated with one of a set of numerical quantities, used to represent its importance relative to the other members of the set.
verb [with object]
1hold (something) down by placing a heavy object on top of it:a mug half filled with coffee weighted down a stack of papers make (something) heavier by attaching a heavy object to it, especially so as to make it stay in place:the jugs were covered with muslin veils weighted with colored beads 2attach importance or value to:speaking, reading, and writing should be weighted equally in the assessment
) be planned or arranged so as to put a specified person, group, or factor in a position of advantage or disadvantage:the balance of power is weighted in favor of the government
Statistics multiply the components of (an average) by factors to take account of their importance. 3assign a handicap weight to (a horse). 4treat (a fabric) with a substance to make it seem thicker and heavier.
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