Wait or Weight?
Wait or Weight?What is the difference between "wait" and "weight"?
- "A wait" is a delay before an event. For example:
- We had a long wait before the train arrived.
- "To wait" means to endure a delay. For example:
- Wait for the green man before you cross.
- "A weight" is a heavy object for holding things down. For example:
- It is getting windy. Pass me a weight for the tent.
- "Weight" means heaviness. For example:
- What is the weight of that pie?
- "To weight" means to anchor something down with a heavy object. For example:
- Weight the tent down before it gets too windy. (Often, "to weight" appears as the phrasal verb "to weight down.")
More about "Wait" and "Weight"The words "wait" and "weight" sound identical (i.e., they are homonyms, specifically, homophones), but their meanings are completely different.
WaitThe word "wait" can be used as both a noun and a verb.
As a verb, it means to stay where one is or to delay an action until a particular time. When used as a noun, it refers to a period of delay or postponement. For example:
- Wait for me! (Here, "wait" is a verb.)
- Opportunities are like sunrises. If you wait too long, you miss them. (Here, "wait" is a verb.)
- We have had a long wait for democracy. (Here, "wait" is a noun.)
WeightThe noun "weight" refers to something's relative mass or the quantity of matter contained by it (i.e., its heaviness). The verb "to weight" is quite rare. It means to hold something down by placing something heavy on top of it. For example:
- I'm gaining weight the right way: I'm drinking beer. (Here, "weight" is a noun.)
- Why are empirical questions about how the mind works so weighted down with political, moral, and emotional baggage? (Here, "weight" is a verb.)