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lightweight adj.

Opposite of heavyweight; usually found in combining forms such as `lightweight process'.

--The Jargon File version 4.3.1, ed. ESR, autonoded by rescdsk.

Lightweight is also used as the complement of deadweight in shipping terminology; where deadweight is the term for the weight of what a ship carries, the lightweight is the weight of the ship itself. This includes the structure of the vessel and all installed equipment, but no stores, crew, consumables, cargo, etc. Together, the two make up the loaded vessel's total displacement. So, since they're usually expressed in tons:

lightweight (lwt) + deadweight (dwt) = displacement (t)


lightweight = displacement - deadweight

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Light"weight` (?), n.

One of less than average weight; specif.:


In boxing, wrestling, etc., one weighingnot more than 133 pounds (U. S. amateur rules 135 pounds, Eng. 140 pounds).


A person of small impotance or mental ability. [Colloq., Chiefly U. S.]


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Light"weight`, a.

Light in weight, as a coin; specif., applied to a man or animal who is a lightweight.


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