(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
n. heaviness; heft; overweight, avoirdupois, tonnage, poundage; gravity; ballast; measurement; importance, influence; significance; pressure, load, burden. See quantity. —v. ballast, load, burden; favor; ad-just, compensate. See completion.
(Roget's IV) n.
1. [Heaviness]
Syn. pressure, load, gross weight, net weight, dead weight, molecular weight, gravity, heft, burden, mass, density, adiposity, ponderousness, tonnage, ballast, substance, G-factor*; see also measurement 2 , pressure 1 .
Ant. lightness*, buoyancy, airiness.
Common weights include: dram, grain, ounce, pound, stone (British), hundredweight, ton, long ton, gram, kilogram, centigram, kilo, gram molecule, milligram, metric ton, metric carat, carat (grain), mole, tonneau, denier, assay ton, quintal, scruple.
2. [An object used for its weight]
Syn. counterbalance, counterweight, counterpoise, ballast, paperweight, stone, rock, leadweight, sinker, anchor, plumb, sandbag.
3. [Importance]
Syn. influence, authority, sway; see importance 1 , power 2 .
See Synonym Study at importance , influence .
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus)
1. heaviness mass, pounds, tons, tonnage, burden, heft, gravity, g force, gs, density, volume.
2. burden responsibility, load, millstone, cross to bear, albatross, *ball and chain, encumbrance, saddle, handicap, onus, hardship.
3. importance consequence, significance, seriousness, influence, value, import, clout, power, moment, magnitude.
weigh down, make heavy, load, burden.
(Roget's Thesaurus II) I noun 1. The state or quality of being physically heavy: heaviness, heftiness, massiveness, ponderosity, ponderousness, weightiness. Informal: avoirdupois. See HEAVY. 2. A duty or responsibility that is a source of anxiety, worry, or hardship: burden1, millstone, onus, tax. Informal: headache. See HEAVY, OVER. 3. The greatest part or portion: bulk, mass, preponderance, preponderancy. See BIG. 4. The power to produce an effect by indirect means: influence, leverage, sway. Informal: clout. Slang: pull. See AFFECT. 5. Effective means of influencing, compelling, or punishing: force, power. Informal: clout, muscle. See OVER, STRONG. 6. The quality or state of being important: concern, concernment, consequence, import, importance, moment, significance, significancy, weightiness. See IMPORTANT. II verb To place a burden or heavy load on: burden1, charge, cumber, encumber, freight, lade, load, saddle, tax. See OVER.

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