weighing-machine love



from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Any contrivance by which the weight of an object may be ascertained, as the common balance, spring-balance, steelyard, etc. See cuts under balance and steelyard.


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  • Meanwhile the fishermen were getting so noisy over the weighing-machine that one of the sailors took the precaution of carrying off all the weights, leaving them to amuse themselves with such substitutes in the form of winch-handles, belaying-pins, etc., as they could find.

    A Tangled Tale

  • A large weighing-machine, that had been used for cargo at the last port, stood on the deck; and round this the fishermen had gathered, and, with much unintelligible jabber, seemed to be weighing their sacks.

    A Tangled Tale

  • Here also is a weighing-machine for sugar products, the floor resting upon the shorter beam of a lever, while the long arm extends far out of doors.

    Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, Volume 22. October, 1878.

  • In making an experiment, a wire was fastened to the middle of a needle, the other end being attached to a spring weighing-machine.

    Scientific American, Volume XXIV., No. 12, March 18, 1871 A Weekly Journal of Practical Information, Art, Science, Mechanics, Chemistry, and Manufactures.

  • They entered a little office connected with a weighing-machine, which happened to be vacant at the time.

    Frank Oldfield Lost and Found

  • In one of these visits he met Madame Nougarede, who had then been several days married, and on recognizing in her the young virgin with a child, of whom Caffie showed him the portrait, he was strengthened in his idea that conscience, such as it was understood, was decidedly a strange weighing-machine, which might be made to say whatever one chose.

    The French Immortals Series — Complete

  • Of course, you see, also, that conscience is a bad weighing-machine, since each one, in order to make it work, uses

    The French Immortals Series — Complete

  • No doubt the nervous mother of an only child does worry unnecessarily, and is far too prone to feed her fears by the daily use of the thermometer or the weighing-machine; but her friends who are happy in the possession of numerous and placid children are not justified in laying the whole blame upon her too great solicitude.

    The Nervous Child

  • At the same age a little girl will weigh her doll in her own weighing-machine, will take every precaution that the nurse takes in her own case, and will even stoop down anxiously to peer at the dial, just as she has seen her mother and nurse do on the weekly weighing night.

    The Nervous Child

  • It found us irascible, contumacious, with an aptitude for fluent swearing at the tales (of how light we had grown) unfolded by the weighing-machine.

    The Siege of Kimberley


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