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# Talent vs. Weight

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• Weight

In science and engineering, the weight of an object is related to the amount of force acting on the object, either due to gravity or to a reaction force that holds it in place.

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. Others define it as the magnitude of the reaction force exerted on a body by mechanisms that keep it in place: the weight is the quantity that is measured by, for example, a spring scale. Thus, in a state of free fall, the weight would be zero. In this sense of weight, terrestrial objects can be weightless: ignoring air resistance, the famous apple falling from the tree, on its way to meet the ground near Isaac Newton, would be weightless.

The unit of measurement for weight is that of force, which in the International System of Units (SI) is the newton. For example, an object with a mass of one kilogram has a weight of about 9.8 newtons on the surface of the Earth, and about one-sixth as much on the Moon. Although weight and mass are scientifically distinct quantities, the terms are often confused with each other in everyday use (i.e. comparing and converting force weight in pounds to mass in kilograms and vice versa).

Further complications in elucidating the various concepts of weight have to do with the theory of relativity according to which gravity is modelled as a consequence of the curvature of spacetime. In the teaching community, a considerable debate has existed for over half a century on how to define weight for their students. The current situation is that a multiple set of concepts co-exist and find use in their various contexts.

Wikipedia
• Talent (noun)

A marked natural ability or skill. from 15thc.

"He has a real talent for drawing."

• Talent (noun)

A unit of weight and money used in ancient times in Greece, the Roman Empire, and the Middle East. from 9thc.

• Talent (noun)

A desire or inclination for something. 14th-16thc.

• Talent (noun)

People of talent, viewed collectively; a talented person. from 19thc.

"The director searched their talent pool to fill the new opening."

• Talent (noun)

The men or (especially) women of a place or area, judged by their attractiveness. from 20thc.

"Not much talent in this bar tonight—let's hit the clubs."

• Weight (noun)

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 (noun)

An object used to make something heavier.

• Weight (noun)

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

• Weight (noun)

Importance or influence.

• Weight (noun)

A disc of iron, dumbbell, or barbell used for training the muscles.

"He's working out with weights."

• Weight (noun)

Mass (net weight, atomic weight, molecular weight, troy weight, carat weight, etc.).

• Weight (noun)

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

• Weight (noun)

The smallest cardinality of a base.

• Weight (noun)

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

• Weight (noun)

The relative thickness of a drawn rule or painted brushstroke, line weight.

• Weight (noun)

The illusion of mass.

• Weight (noun)

The thickness and opacity of paint.

• Weight (noun)

Pressure; burden.

"the weight of care or business"

• Weight (noun)

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

• Weight (noun)

Shipments of (often illegal) drugs.

"He was pushing weight."

• Weight (verb)

To add weight to something; to make something heavier.

• Weight (verb)

To load, burden or oppress someone.

• Weight (verb)

To assign weights to individual statistics.

• Weight (verb)

To bias something; to slant.

• Weight (verb)

To handicap a horse with a specified weight.

• Weight (verb)

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

Wiktionary
• Talent (noun)

natural aptitude or skill

"he possesses more talent than any other player"

"she displayed a talent for garden design"

• Talent (noun)

people possessing natural aptitude or skill

"I signed all the talent in Rome"

"Simon is a talent to watch"

• Talent (noun)

people regarded as sexually attractive or as prospective sexual partners

"most Saturday nights I have this urge to go on the hunt for new talent"

• Talent (noun)

a former weight and unit of currency, used especially by the ancient Romans and Greeks

"a mighty steed bought from a Thessalian merchant for thirteen talents"

Oxford Dictionary
• Talent (noun)

Among the ancient Greeks, a weight and a denomination of money equal to 60 minæ or 6,000 drachmæ. The Attic talent, as a weight, was about 57 lbs. avoirdupois; as a denomination of silver money, its value was £243 15s. sterling, or about \$1,180.

• Talent (noun)

Among the Hebrews, a weight and denomination of money. For silver it was equivalent to 3,000 shekels, and in weight was equal to about 93 lbs. avoirdupois; as a denomination of silver, it has been variously estimated at from £340 to £396 sterling, or about \$1,645 to \$1,916. For gold it was equal to 10,000 gold shekels.

• Talent (noun)

Inclination; will; disposition; desire.

• Talent (noun)

Intellectual ability, natural or acquired; mental endowment or capacity; skill in accomplishing; a special gift, particularly in business, art, or the like; faculty; a use of the word probably originating in the Scripture parable of the talents (Matt. xxv. 14-30).

• Weight (noun)

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 (noun)

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.

• Weight (noun)

Hence, pressure; burden; as, the weight of care or business.

• Weight (noun)

Importance; power; influence; efficacy; consequence; moment; impressiveness; as, a consideration of vast weight.

• Weight (noun)

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

• Weight (noun)

A ponderous mass; something heavy; as, a clock weight; a paper weight.

• Weight (noun)

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 (noun)

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.

• 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.

Webster Dictionary
• Talent (noun)

natural qualities or talents

• Talent (noun)

a person who possesses unusual innate ability in some field or activity

• Weight (noun)

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

• Weight (noun)

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 (noun)

the relative importance granted to something;

"his opinion carries great weight"

• Weight (noun)

an artifact that is heavy

• Weight (noun)

an oppressive feeling of heavy force;

"bowed down by the weight of responsibility"

• Weight (noun)

a system of units used to express the weight of something

• Weight (noun)

a unit used to measure weight;

"he placed two weights in the scale pan"

• Weight (noun)

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

• Weight (verb)

weight down with a load

• Weight (verb)

present with a bias;

"He biased his presentation so as to please the share holders"

Princeton's WordNet