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weight (n.)

Old English gewiht "weighing, weight, downward force of a body, heaviness," from Proto-Germanic *wihti- (source also of Old Norse vætt, Danish vegt, Old Frisian wicht, Middle Dutch gewicht, German Gewicht), from *weg- (see weigh).

Figurative sense of "burden" is late 14c. 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. To throw (one's) weight around figuratively is by 1922. Weight-training is from 1945. Weight-lifting is from 1885; weight-lifter (human) from 1893.

weight (v.)

"to load with weight," 1747 (figuratively, of the mind, from 1640s), from weight (n.). Of horses in a handicap race, 1846. Sense in statistics is recorded from 1901. Related: Weighted; weighting.

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Definitions of weight
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weight (n.)
the vertical force exerted by a mass as a result of gravity;
weight (n.)
sports equipment used in calisthenic exercises and weightlifting; it is not attached to anything and is raised and lowered by use of the hands and arms;
Synonyms: free weight / exercising weight
weight (n.)
the relative importance granted to something;
his opinion carries great weight
Synonyms: weightiness
weight (n.)
an artifact that is heavy;
weight (n.)
an oppressive feeling of heavy force;
bowed down by the weight of responsibility
weight (n.)
a system of units used to express the weight of something;
Synonyms: system of weights
weight (n.)
a unit used to measure weight;
he placed two weights in the scale pan
Synonyms: weight unit
weight (n.)
(statistics) a coefficient assigned to elements of a frequency distribution in order to represent their relative importance;
Synonyms: weighting
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weight (v.)
weight down with a load;
Synonyms: burden / burthen / weight down
weight (v.)
present with a bias;
Synonyms: slant / angle
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