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Weigh (verb neuter)

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To Weigh. v.n.

  1. To have weight.

    Exactly weighing and strangling a chicken in the scales, upon an immediate ponderation, we could discover no difference in weight; but suffering it to lie eight or ten hours until it grew perfectly cold, it weighed most sensibly lighter. Brown.

  2. To be considered as important; to have weight in the intellectual ballance.

    This objection ought to weigh with those, whose reading is designed for much talk and little knowledge. Locke.

    A wise man is then best satisfied, when he finds that the same argument which weighs with him has weighed with thousands before him, and is such as hath born down all opposition. Addis.

  3. To raise the anchor.

    When gath'ring clouds o'ershadow all the skies,
    And shoot quick lightnings, weigh, my boys, he cries.
    Dryden.

  4. To bear heavily; to press hard.

    Can'st thou not minister to a mind diseas'd,
    And with some sweet oblivious antidote
    Cleanse the stuff'd bosom of that perilous stuff
    Which weighs upon the heart?
    Shakesp. Macbeth.

Sources: Addison, Joseph (408) · Browne, Thomas (204) · Dryden, John (788) · Locke, John (269) · Shakespeare's Macbeth (136)

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Cite this page: Johnson, Samuel. "Weigh (verb neuter)." A Dictionary of the English Language: A Digital Edition of the 1755 Classic by Samuel Johnson. Edited by Brandi Besalke. Last modified: June 27, 2012. http://johnsonsdictionaryonline.com/?p=5302.


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