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 for Weight.
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Weight \Weight\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Weighted; p. pr. & vb. n.
     Weighting.]
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     1. To load with a weight or weights; to load down; to make
        heavy; to attach weights to; as, to weight a horse or a
        jockey at a race; to weight a whip handle.
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              The arrows of satire, . . . weighted with sense.
                                                    --Coleridge.
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     2. (Astron. & Physics) To assign a weight to; to express by a
        number the probable accuracy of, as an observation. See
        Weight of observations, under Weight.
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     3. (Dyeing) To load (fabrics) as with barite, to increase the
        weight, etc.
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     4. (Math.) to assign a numerical value expressing relative
        importance to (a measurement), to be multiplied by the
        value of the measurement in determining averages or other
        aggregate quantities; as, they weighted part one of the
        test twice as heavily as part 2.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Weight \Weight\, n. [OE. weght, wight, AS. gewiht; akin to D.
     gewigt, G. gewicht, Icel. v[ae]tt, Sw. vigt, Dan. v[ae]gt.
     See Weigh, v. t.]
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     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, etc.
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     Note: 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.
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     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.
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              For sorrow, like a heavy-hanging bell,
              Once set on ringing, with his own weight goes.
                                                    --Shak.
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     3. Hence, pressure; burden; as, the weight of care or
        business. "The weight of this said time." --Shak.
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              For the public all this weight he bears. --Milton.
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              [He] who singly bore the world's sad weight.
                                                    --Keble.
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     4. Importance; power; influence; efficacy; consequence;
        moment; impressiveness; as, a consideration of vast
        weight.
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              In such a point of weight, so near mine honor.
                                                    --Shak.
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     5. A scale, or graduated standard, of heaviness; a mode of
        estimating weight; as, avoirdupois weight; troy weight;
        apothecaries' weight.
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     6. A ponderous mass; something heavy; as, a clock weight; a
        paper weight.
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              A man leapeth better with weights in his hands.
                                                    --Bacon.
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     7. A definite mass of iron, lead, brass, or other metal, to
        be used for ascertaining the weight of other bodies; as,
        an ounce weight.
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     8. (Mech.) The resistance against which a machine acts, as
        opposed to the power which moves it. [Obs.]
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     Atomic weight. (Chem.) See under Atomic, and cf.
        Element.
  
     Dead weight, Feather weight, Heavy weight, Light
     weight, etc. See under Dead, Feather, etc.
  
     Weight of observation (Astron. & Physics), a number
        expressing the most probable relative value of each
        observation in determining the result of a series of
        observations of the same kind.
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     Syn: Ponderousness; gravity; heaviness; pressure; burden;
          load; importance; power; influence; efficacy;
          consequence; moment; impressiveness.
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From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  341 Moby Thesaurus words for "weight":
     Indian club, accent, affliction, amperage, armipotence, ascendancy,
     authoritativeness, authority, balance, ballast, barbell, be heavy,
     beef, bitter cup, bitter draft, bitter draught, bitter pill,
     black power, bob, brim, brute force, buckram, burden,
     burden of care, burden with, burthen, cankerworm of care, carat,
     care, cargo, carry weight, centigram, ceremonial, ceremoniousness,
     ceremony, charge, charisma, charm, chock, clout, cogence, cogency,
     compulsion, concern, concernment, congest, consequence,
     consequentiality, consideration, contaminate, control, corrupt,
     counterbalance, cram, credit, cross, crowd, crown of thorns,
     cumber, cumbrance, curse, deadweight, debase, decagram, decigram,
     demand, difficulty, dignity, dint, disadvantage, distress, doctor,
     dominance, domination, dram, dram avoirdupois, drive, dumbbell,
     duress, duty, dyne, effect, effectiveness, effectuality, efficacy,
     embarrassment, eminence, emphasis, enchantment, encumber,
     encumbrance, energy, enjoin, esteem, exact, excellence, exerciser,
     extrinsicality, fasten upon, favor, fill, fill to overflowing,
     fill up, flower power, force, force majeure, forcefulness, form,
     formality, formalization, foul up, freight, freight with,
     full blast, full force, gall, gall and wormwood, good feeling,
     grain, gram, gravity, greatness, grievance, hamper, handicap,
     have weight, heft, high order, high rank, hold, hold the scales,
     horse, hundredweight, impediment, impedimenta, impersonality,
     import, importance, impose, impose on, impose upon, imposition,
     incidental power, inconvenience, inflict on, inflict upon,
     infliction, influence, influentiality, influentialness,
     insinuation, interest, jam, jam-pack, justness, kilo, kilogram,
     lade, lay, lay on, lead, leadership, leverage, levy, lie heavy,
     load, long horse, lumber, magnetism, magnitude, main force,
     main strength, mana, mark, mass, mastery, materiality, megaton,
     merit, might, might and main, mightiness, milligram, millstone,
     mole, moment, momentousness, moxie, muscle power, note, onus,
     oppression, ounce, ounce avoirdupois, ounce troy, overfill, pack,
     pack of troubles, pad, parallel bars, paramountcy,
     peck of troubles, penalty, pennyweight, personality, persuasion,
     pith, pizzazz, place, plumb, plummet, pomp, pomposity, poop,
     potence, potency, potentiality, pound, pound avoirdupois,
     pound troy, poundal, power, power pack, power structure,
     power struggle, powerfulness, precedence, predominance,
     preeminence, preponderance, prepotency, pressure, prestige,
     primacy, primness, priority, productiveness, productivity,
     prominence, puissance, pull, punch, punching bag, purchase, push,
     put, put down, put on, put upon, ram in, rank, reign, repute,
     rigidness, rings, ritual, rituality, rowing machine, rule, saddle,
     saddle with, sandbag, satiate, saturate, say, scruple,
     sea of troubles, self-importance, seniority, set, side horse,
     significance, signification, sinew, sinker, slug, solemnity,
     solidity, sophisticate, sorrow, soundness, spoil, starchiness,
     stature, steam, stiffness, stiltedness, stone, strength, stress,
     strike a balance, strong arm, stuff, stylization, suasion,
     subject to, substantiality, subtle influence, suggestion,
     supercharge, superiority, superpower, supremacy, surfeit, sway,
     task, tax, thorn, tip the scales, ton, top off, trampoline,
     trapeze, trouble, units of weight, upper hand, validity, value,
     vehemence, vigor, vim, virility, virtue, virulence, vitality, wad,
     waters of bitterness, wattage, weigh, weigh down, weigh heavy,
     weigh in, weigh out, weight down, weight down with, weightiness,
     whip hand, white elephant, woe, worth, yoke with
  
  

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  WEIGHT. A quality in natural bodies, by which they tend towards the centre 
  of the earth. 
       2. Under the article Measure, (q.v.) it is said that by the 
  constitution congress possesses the power "to fix the standard of weights 
  and measures," and that this power has not been exercised. 
       3. The weights now generally used in the United States, are the same as 
  those of England; they are of two kinds: 
  
                   1. AVOIRDUPOIS WEIGHT. 
    1st. Used in almost all commercial transactions, and in the common 
  dealings of life. 
   27 1/3 1/2 grains  =    1 dram 
   16 drams           =    1 ounce 
   16 ounces          =    1 pound, (lb.) 
   28 pounds          =    1 quarter, (qr.) 
   4 quarters         =    1 hundred weight, (cwt.) 
   20 hundred weight  =    1 ton. 
  
   2d. Used for meat and fish. 
   8 pounds           =    1 stone 
  
   3d. Used in the wool trade. 
                                       Cwt. qr.  lb. 
   7 pounds           =    1 clove 14 pounds           =    1 stone  =   0    
  0   14 
   2 stones           =    1 tod    =   0    1    0 
   6 1/2 tods         =    1 wey    =   1    2   14 
   2 weys             =    1 sack   =   3    1    0 12 sacks            =    1 
  last   =  39    0    0 
  
   4th. Used for butter and cheese. 
   8 pounds           =    1 clove 
   56 pounds          =    1 firkin. 
  
                       2. TROY WEIGHT. 
   24 grams           =    1 pennyweight 
   20 pennyweights    =    1 ounce 
   12 ounces          =    1 pound. 
  
       4. These are the denominations of troy weight, when used for weighing 
  gold, silver and precious stones, except diamonds. Troy weight is also used 
  by apothecaries in compounding medicines; and by them the ounce is divided 
  into eight drams, and the drain into three scruples, so that the latter is 
  equal to twenty grains. For scientific purposes, the grain only is used, and 
  sets of weights are constructed in decimal progression, from 10,000 grains 
  downward to one-hundredth of a grain. The caret, used for weighing diamonds, 
  is three and one-sixth grains. 
       5. A short account of the French weights and measures is given under 
  the article Measure. 
  
  

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