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- (noun): (US) IPA(key): /ˈlaɪt.weɪt/
- (adjective): (US) IPA(key): /laɪtˈweɪt/
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- Rhymes: (adjective) -eɪt
lightweight (plural lightweights)
- (combat sports) A particular weight class, or member of such, as prescribed by the rules, between that of the heavier welterweight and the lighter featherweight. See Wikipedia for the specifics of each sport.
- (rowing) A particular weight category as prescribed by the rules, separate from an open or heavyweight class.
- (weightlifting) A competitive weight division as prescribed by the rules, between the heavier middleweight and the lighter featherweight.
- One of little consequence or ability.
- A person who cannot handle their drink; one who gets drunk on very little alcohol.
- (by extension) A person with low endurance.
- A political candidate with little chance of winning
bodybuilding: competitive weight division between bantamweight and welterweight
one of little consequence or ability
- Lacking in earnestness, ability, or profundity
- Having less than average weight
- 2021 May 19, David Clough, “Swiss precision meets UK growth”, in RAIL, number 931, page 57:
- For example, lightweight construction and Jacobs bogies save weight, and a lighter train uses less power.
- Lacking in strength
- 2011 September 13, Sam Lyon, “Borussia Dortmund 1 - 1 Arsenal”, in BBC:
- With the Gunners far too lightweight in midfield, Mikel Arteta dropped back into a deeper-lying role. This freed Yossi Benayoun to go further forward, a move that helped forge a rare Arsenal chance on 30 minutes when the Israeli released Van Persie, only for the Dutchman's snap-shot to be tipped around the post.
- (computing) Having a small footprint or performance impact
lacking in earnestness, ability, or profundity
having less than average weight
- (transitive) To reduce the amount or weight of.
- 1997 December 22, James Salzman, “Sustainable consumption and the law”, in Environmental Law:
- By extending the producer’s responsibility to the product’s disposal (its post-consumer life), issues previously outside the business calculus become of paramount importance. Because a producer knows it will have to bear the cost of collecting and valorizing the product, it must manage a new set of business matters. Can the packaging be lightweighted? Are the materials all recyclable?
- 2002, Edward Teller; Cecil Leith; Gregory Canavan; Lowell Wood, “Long-Range Weather Prediction III: Miniaturized Distributed Sensors for Global Atmospheric Measurements”, in A. Zichichi and R. Ragaini, editors, International Seminar on Nuclear War and Planetary Emergencies, 26th Session (The Science and Culture Series: Nuclear Strategy and Peace Technology), World Scientific, page 328:
- The solar photovoltaic array, GPS antennae and telephony antenna all would be lightweighted and integrated into the balloon structure, and the sensor-module would be ruggedized and miniaturized.
- 2015 February 28, Hal Hodson, “Heavy metal is so last year”, in New Scientist, page 23:
- According to Klausner, “lightweighting” all cars and planes in the US would save 121 billion litres of fuel a year and cut carbon emissions by about 5 per cent.