(noun, verb)


1. an adjustment made for the weight of the packaging in order to determine the net weight of the goods

Definition categories: possession, adjustment, allowance

2. any of several weedy vetches grown for forage

Definition categories: plant, vetch

3. weedy annual grass often occurs in grainfields and other cultivated land; seeds sometimes considered poisonous

Similar word(s): cheat, darnel

Definition categories: plant, ryegrass

4. the weight of a motor vehicle, railroad car, or aircraft without its fuel or cargo

Definition categories: attribute, weight

5. (chemical analysis) a counterweight used in chemical analysis; consists of an empty container that counterbalances the weight of the container holding chemicals

Definition categories: man–made, balance, counterbalance, counterpoise, counterweight, equaliser, equalizer


1. (chiefly business and law) To take into account the weight of the container, wrapping etc. in weighting merchandise.

2. (sciences) To set a zero value on an instrument (usually a balance) that discounts the starting point.

3. (obsolete) simple past tense of tear