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Weigh \Weigh\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Weighed; p. pr. & vb. n. Weighing.] [OE. weien, weyen, weghen, AS. wegan to bear, move; akin to D. wegen to weigh, G. w[aum]gen, wiegen, to weigh, bewegen to move, OHG. wegan, Icel. vega to move, carry, lift, weigh, Sw. v[aum]ga to weigh, Dan. veie, Goth. gawigan to shake, L. vehere to carry, Skr. vah. ????. See Way, and cf. Wey.] [1913 Webster]
To bear up; to raise; to lift into the air; to swing up; as, to weigh anchor. "Weigh the vessel up." --Cowper. [1913 Webster]
To examine by the balance; to ascertain the weight of, that is, the force with which a thing tends to the center of the earth; to determine the heaviness, or quantity of matter of; as, to weigh sugar; to weigh gold. [1913 Webster] Thou art weighed in the balances, and art found wanting. --Dan. v.
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To be equivalent to in weight; to counterbalance; to have the heaviness of. "A body weighing divers ounces." --Boyle. [1913 Webster]
To pay, allot, take, or give by weight. [1913 Webster] They weighed for my price thirty pieces of silver. --Zech. xi.
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To examine or test as if by the balance; to ponder in the mind; to consider or examine for the purpose of forming an opinion or coming to a conclusion; to estimate deliberately and maturely; to balance. [1913 Webster] A young man not weighed in state affairs. --Bacon. [1913 Webster] Had no better weighed The strength he was to cope with, or his own. --Milton. [1913 Webster] Regard not who it is which speaketh, but weigh only what is spoken. --Hooker. [1913 Webster] In nice balance, truth with gold she weighs. --Pope. [1913 Webster] Without sufficiently weighing his expressions. --Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster]
To consider as worthy of notice; to regard. [Obs. or Archaic] "I weigh not you." --Shak. [1913 Webster] All that she so dear did weigh. --Spenser. [1913 Webster] To weigh down. (a) To overbalance. (b) To oppress with weight; to overburden; to depress. "To weigh thy spirits down." --Milton. [1913 Webster]
Weighing \Weigh"ing\, a. & n. from Weigh, v. [1913 Webster] Weighing cage, a cage in which small living animals may be conveniently weighed. Weighing house. See Weigh-house. Weighing machine, any large machine or apparatus for weighing; especially, platform scales arranged for weighing heavy bodies, as loaded wagons. [1913 Webster]

Word Net

weighing n : careful consideration; "a little deliberation would have deterred them" [syn: deliberation, advisement]




  1. present participle of weigh


  1. action of the verb to weigh


  1. that weighs
  2. that burdens

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