from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun The unrelieved weight of a heavy, motionless mass.
- noun An oppressive burden or difficulty.
- noun The fixed weight of a structure or piece of equipment, such as a bridge on its supports.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A heavy or oppressive burden; a weight or burden that has to be borne without aid or without compensatory advantage.
- noun 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.
- noun 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.
- noun 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 Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- noun uncountable unremitting
heavy weightthat does not move
- noun idiomatic that which is
uselessor excess; that which slowssomething down
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- noun an oppressive encumbrance
- noun a heavy motionless weight
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