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verb
  1. (transitive) To determine the weight of an object.
  2. (transitive) Often with "out", to measure a certain amount of something by its weight, e.g. for sale.
He weighed out two kilos of oranges for a client.
  1. (context, transitive, metaphorical) To determine the intrinsic value or merit of an object, to evaluate.
You have been weighed in the balance and found wanting.
  1. (transitive) To consider a subject.
    • 2005, w:Plato, Plato, Sophist. Translation by Lesley Brown. w:Stephanus pagination, 251b-c.
    • : For anyone can in with the quick objection that it is impossible for what is many to be one
      1. (intransitive) To have a certain weight.
      I weigh ten and a half stone.
      1. (context, nautical, transitive) To raise an anchor free of the seabed.
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noun (wikipedia, weight)
  1. The force on an object due to the gravitational attraction between it and the Earth.
  2. An object used to make something heavier.
  3. A standardized block of metal used in a balance to measure the mass of another object.
  4. (weightlifting): A disc of iron, dumbbell, or barbell used for training the muscles.
  5. (physics) mass (net weight, atomic weight, molecular weight, troy weight, carat weight, etc.)
  6. (statistics) A variable which multiplies a value for ease of statistical manipulation.
  7. (topology) the smallest cardinality of a base
:Compare to mass. verb
  1. (transitive) To add weight to something, in order to make it heavier.
  2. (transitive) To load, burden or oppress someone.
  3. (context, transitive, mathematics) To assign weights to individual statistics.
  4. (transitive) To bias something; to slant.
  5. (context, transitive, horse racing) To handicap a horse with a specified weight.
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noun
  1. An old English measure of weight containing 224 pounds; equivalent to 2 hundredweight.
    Quotations
    • c. 1376: Than though I hadde this wouke ywonne a weye of Essex cheese. — William Langland, The Vision of Piers Plowman, Version B, Passus 5, Line 91.
  2. 1882: Cheese and salt are purchased by the wey of two hundredweight, or by the stone of fourteen pounds. — James Edwin Thorold Rogers, A History of Agriculture and Prices in England, Volume 4, p. 208.
  3. ????: A wey is 6 tods, or 182 pounds, of wool; a load, or five quarters, of wheat, 40 bushels of salt, each weighing 56 pounds; 32 cloves of cheese, each weighing seven pounds; 48 bushels of oats and barley; and from two cwt. to three cwt. of butter. — Simmonds.

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