(Weigh"lock`) n. A lock, as on a canal, in which boats are weighed and their tonnage is settled.
(Weigh"mas`ter) n. One whose business it is to weigh ore, hay, merchandise, etc.; one
licensed as a public weigher.
(Weight) n. [OE. weght, wight, AS. gewiht; akin to D. gewigt, G. gewicht, Icel. vætt, Sw. vigt,
Dan. vægt. 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,
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,Shak.
Once set on ringing, with his own weight goes.
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
In such a point of weight, so near mine honor.Shak.