American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Weighing more than is normal, necessary, or allowed, especially having more body weight than is considered normal or healthy for one's age or build.
- n. More weight than is normal, necessary, or allowed.
- n. Greater weight or importance; preponderance.
- v. To weigh down too heavily; overload.
- v. To give too much emphasis, importance, or consideration to.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Greater weight than is required by law, custom, or rule; greater weight than is desired or intended.
- n. Preponderance: sometimes used adjectively.
- To weigh down; burden to excess; hamper.
- adj. of a person heavier than what is generally considered healthy for a given body type and height.
- adj. transport, law, of a vehicle weighing more than what is allowed for safety or legal commerce
- adj. investment, finance Having a portfolio relatively heavily invested in.
- n. law, healthcare An excess of weight.
- n. investment, finance A security or class of securities in which one has a heavy concentration.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Weight over and above what is required by law or custom.
- n. Superabundance of weight; preponderance.
- adj. obsolete Overweighing; excessive.
- adj. Having a weight in excess of what is normal, proper, or expected.
- n. the property of excessive fatness
- adj. usually describes a large person who is fat but has a large frame to carry it
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