In science and engineering, the weight of an object is usually taken to be the force on the object due to gravity. Its magnitude, often denoted by an italic letter W, is the product of the mass m of the object and the magnitude of the local gravitational acceleration g; thus: . The unit of measurement for weight is that of force, which in the International System of Units is the newton. For example, an object with a mass of one kilogram has a weight of about 9.8 newtons on the surface of the Earth, and about one-sixth as much on the Moon. In this sense of weight, a body can be weightless only if it is far away from any gravitating mass.

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  1. The force on an object due to the gravitational attraction between it and the Earth (or whatever astronomical object it is primarily influenced by).
  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. Importance or influence.
  5. A disc of iron, dumbbell, or barbell used for training the muscles.
  6. Mass (net weight, atomic weight, molecular weight, troy weight, carat weight, etc.).
  7. A variable which multiplies a value for ease of statistical manipulation.
  8. The smallest cardinality of a base.
  9. The boldness of a font; the relative thickness of its strokes.
  10. The relative thickness of a drawn rule or painted brushstroke, line weight.
  11. The illusion of mass.
  12. The thickness and opacity of paint.
  13. pressure; burden
    the weight of care or business
  14. The resistance against which a machine acts, as opposed to the power which moves it.


  1. To add weight to something, in order to make it heavier.
  2. To load, burden or oppress someone.
  3. To assign weights to individual statistics.
  4. To bias something; to slant.
  5. To handicap a horse with a specified weight.

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