Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Something added on a scale in order to meet a required weight.
  • noun Something added only to fill a lack.
  • noun A counterweight; a counterbalance.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Something put in a scale to increase a weight already in it; hence, that which adds weight to something not sufficiently heavy; a thing or person of little account made use of merely to make weight or to fill a gap.
  • noun An adulterant, such as sand in sugar, used to increase the weight of a commodity.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun That which is thrown into a scale to make weight; something of little account added to supply a deficiency or fill a gap.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Something of inferior quality which is included in a shipment to make up the weight.
  • noun Something included to add to the apparent weight or force of a argument.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a weight added to the scale to reach a required weight
  • noun anything added to fill out a whole

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From make +‎ weight.

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