# Plummet vs. Weight — What's the Difference?

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#### Plummet

Fall or drop straight down at high speed
A climber was killed when he plummeted 300 feet down an icy gully

#### Weight

In science and engineering, the weight of an object is the force acting on the object due to gravity.Some standard textbooks define weight as a vector quantity, the gravitational force acting on the object. Others define weight as a scalar quantity, the magnitude of the gravitational force.

#### Plummet

A steep and rapid fall or drop
The bird has a circular display flight followed by an earthward plummet

#### Weight

A measure of the heaviness of an object
A contest to guess the weight of a pig.

#### Plummet

A plumb or plumb line.

#### Weight

The force with which a body is attracted to Earth or another celestial body, equal to the product of the object's mass and the acceleration of gravity.

See plumb bob.

#### Weight

A unit measure of gravitational force
A table of weights and measures.

#### Plummet

Something that weighs down or oppresses; a burden.

#### Weight

A system of such measures
Avoirdupois weight.
Troy weight.

#### Plummet

To fall straight down; plunge.

#### Weight

A metallic solid used as a standard of comparison in weighing.

#### Plummet

To decline suddenly and steeply
Stock prices plummeted.

#### Weight

An object used to hold something else down.

#### Plummet

A piece of lead attached to a line, used in sounding the depth of water; a plumb bob or a plumb line.

#### Weight

A counterbalance in a machine.

#### Plummet

(archaic) Hence, any weight.

#### Weight

(Sports) A heavy object, such as a dumbbell, lifted for exercise or in athletic competition.

#### Plummet

(archaic) A piece of lead formerly used by schoolchildren to rule paper for writing (that is, to mark with rules, with lines).

#### Weight

Excessive fat; corpulence
Exercising in order to lose weight.

#### Plummet

A violent or dramatic fall.

#### Weight

(Statistics) A factor assigned to a number in a computation, as in determining an average, to increase or decrease the number's effect on the computation, reflecting its importance.

#### Plummet

(figuratively) A decline; a fall; a drop.

#### Weight

Oppressiveness; pressure
The weight of responsibilities.

#### Plummet

(intransitive) To drop swiftly, in a direct manner; to fall quickly.
After its ascent, the arrow plummeted to earth.

#### Weight

The greater part; preponderance
The weight of the evidence is against the defendant.

#### Plummet

A piece of lead attached to a line, used in sounding the depth of water.
I'll sink him deeper than e'er plummet sounded.

#### Weight

Influence, importance, or authority
Her approval carried great weight.

#### Plummet

Hence, any weight.

#### Weight

Ponderous quality
The weight of the speaker's words.

#### Plummet

A piece of lead formerly used by school children to rule paper for writing.

#### Weight

(Sports) A classification according to comparative lightness or heaviness. Often used in combination
A heavyweight boxer.

#### Plummet

The metal bob of a plumb line

#### Weight

The heaviness or thickness of a fabric in relation to a particular season or use. Often used in combination
A summerweight jacket.

#### Plummet

Drop sharply;
The stock market plummeted

#### Weight

A measure of the relative thickness of yarn.

#### Weight

To make heavy or heavier
Our backpacks were weighted down with food and other essentials.

#### Weight

To cause to feel concerned, sad, or preoccupied; burden or oppress
He was weighted with guilt.

#### Weight

To increase the weight or body of (fabrics) by treating with chemicals.

#### Weight

(Statistics) To assign weights or a weight to.

#### Weight

To cause to have a slant or bias
Weighted the rules in favor of homeowners.

#### Weight

(Sports) To assign to (a horse) the weight it must carry as a handicap in a race.

#### Weight

The force on an object due to the gravitational attraction between it and the Earth (or whatever astronomical object it is primarily influenced by).

#### Weight

An object used to make something heavier.

#### Weight

A standardized block of metal used in a balance to measure the mass of another object.

#### Weight

Importance or influence.

#### Weight

(weightlifting) An object, such as a weight plate or barbell, used for strength training.
He's working out with weights.

#### Weight

(lubricants) viscosity rating.

#### Weight

(physics) Mass (atomic weight, molecular weight, etc.) in restricted circumstances

#### Weight

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#### Weight

(measurement) Mass (net weight, troy weight, carat weight, etc.).

#### Weight

(statistics) A variable which multiplies a value for ease of statistical manipulation.

#### Weight

(topology) The smallest cardinality of a base.

#### Weight

(typography) The boldness of a font; the relative thickness of its strokes.

#### Weight

(visual art) The relative thickness of a drawn rule or painted brushstroke, line weight.

#### Weight

(visual art) The illusion of mass.

#### Weight

(visual art) The thickness and opacity of paint.

#### Weight

Pressure; burden.
The weight of care or business

#### Weight

The resistance against which a machine acts, as opposed to the power which moves it.

#### Weight

Shipments of (often illegal) drugs.
He was pushing weight.

#### Weight

One pound of drugs, especially cannabis.

Money.

Weight class

#### Weight

(transitive) To add weight to something; to make something heavier.

#### Weight

To load (fabrics) with barite, etc. to increase the weight.

#### Weight

(transitive) To load, burden or oppress someone.

#### Weight

To assign weights to individual statistics.

#### Weight

(transitive) To bias something; to slant.

#### Weight

To handicap a horse with a specified weight.

#### Weight

To give a certain amount of force to a throw, kick, hit, etc.

#### Weight

The quality of being heavy; that property of bodies by which they tend toward the center of the earth; the effect of gravitative force, especially when expressed in certain units or standards, as pounds, grams, etc.

#### Weight

The quantity of heaviness; comparative tendency to the center of the earth; the quantity of matter as estimated by the balance, or expressed numerically with reference to some standard unit; as, a mass of stone having the weight of five hundred pounds.
For sorrow, like a heavy-hanging bell,Once set on ringing, with his own weight goes.

#### Weight

Hence, pressure; burden; as, the weight of care or business.
For the public all this weight he bears.
[He] who singly bore the world's sad weight.

#### Weight

Importance; power; influence; efficacy; consequence; moment; impressiveness; as, a consideration of vast weight.
In such a point of weight, so near mine honor.

#### Weight

A scale, or graduated standard, of heaviness; a mode of estimating weight; as, avoirdupois weight; troy weight; apothecaries' weight.

#### Weight

A ponderous mass; something heavy; as, a clock weight; a paper weight.
A man leapeth better with weights in his hands.

#### Weight

A definite mass of iron, lead, brass, or other metal, to be used for ascertaining the weight of other bodies; as, an ounce weight.

#### Weight

The resistance against which a machine acts, as opposed to the power which moves it.

#### Weight

To load with a weight or weights; to load down; to make heavy; to attach weights to; as, to weight a horse or a jockey at a race; to weight a whip handle.
The arrows of satire, . . . weighted with sense.

#### Weight

To assign a weight to; to express by a number the probable accuracy of, as an observation. See Weight of observations, under Weight.

#### Weight

To load (fabrics) as with barite, to increase the weight, etc.

#### Weight

To assign a numerical value expressing relative importance to (a measurement), to be multiplied by the value of the measurement in determining averages or other aggregate quantities; as, they weighted part one of the test twice as heavily as part 2.

#### Weight

The vertical force exerted by a mass as a result of gravity

#### Weight

Sports equipment used in calisthenic exercises and weightlifting; a weight that is not attached to anything and is raised and lowered by use of the hands and arms

#### Weight

The relative importance granted to something;
His opinion carries great weight

#### Weight

An artifact that is heavy

#### Weight

An oppressive feeling of heavy force;
Bowed down by the weight of responsibility

#### Weight

A system of units used to express the weight of something

#### Weight

A unit used to measure weight;
He placed two weights in the scale pan

#### Weight

(statistics) a coefficient assigned to elements of a frequency distribution in order to represent their relative importance

#### Weight

Present with a bias;
He biased his presentation so as to please the share holders