from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The unrelieved weight of a heavy, motionless mass.
- n. An oppressive burden or difficulty.
- n. The fixed weight of a structure or piece of equipment, such as a bridge on its supports. Also called dead load.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. unremitting heavy weight that does not move
- n. that which is useless or excess; that which slows something down
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. The weight of rolling stock, the live weight being the load.
- n. etc. See under Dead, Feather, etc.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A heavy or oppressive burden; a weight or burden that has to be borne without aid or without compensatory advantage.
- n. A name given to an advance by the Bank of England to the government on account of half-pay and pensions to retired officers of the army and navy.
- n. Nautical, the lading of a vessel when it consists of heavy goods; that part of the cargo, as coal, iron, etc., which pays freight according to its weight, and not to its bulk.
- n. In railroading, the weight of a car as distinct from its load (called the live or paying weight) whether it is a freight-car, a passenger-car, or a stock-car.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an oppressive encumbrance
- n. a heavy motionless weight
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