Mass vs. Weight

Main Difference

Though Wight is needed to be measured in order to find out Mass of an object, there is a difference between both of these. Mass is defined as a property of a physical body to determine the strength of its mutual gravitational appealing to other bodies. Mass and Weight are often used interchangeably in everyday terminology. However, as of slight distinction in the strength of the Earth's gravitational field of various places, the difference becomes mandatory to measurement. In conceptual term, 'Mass' tells about an inherent features of an object, while 'Weight' on the other hand, determines an object's resistance to differing from its impulsive way of falling freely, which can go under the influence of nearby gravitational field. In a macroscopic term, mass is attached with matter in spite of the fact that matter is not, as fairly explained an idea as mass. Mass is a property of matter and the Mass of an object remains the same. Weight, on the other side, relies on the effect of gravity and there are variations as the location changes. Mass of an object can't fall to zero. There are ups and downs in Weight with higher or lower gravity. With the magnitude, Mass is a scalar quantity whereas Weight comes with magnitude and is a vector quantity, directing towards the pivot of the Earth. An ordinary balance may be required to measure Mass of an entity, while Spring Balance is needed to measure Weight.

Mass vs. Weight — Is There a Difference?
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Difference Between Mass and Weight

Mass vs. Weight

Mass refers to the property of an object or matter; Weight is a force

Mass vs. Weight

Mass remains the same everywhere; Weight varies as the location changes

Mass vs. Weight

Mass never goes to Zero; Weight of an object can be measured as zero when there is no gravity

Mass vs. Weight

Mass remains the same under all locations, whereas Weight of an object can go up or down in accordance with changes in gravity

Mass vs. Weight

A pan balance, a triple-beam balance, electronic balance, or lever balance is needed to measure Mass; Weight can be measured by a Spring Balance

Mass vs. Weight

Mass can be referred by Kilogram, gram, and milligram; Weight is only defined in Newton (N)

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Mass vs. Weight

Mass is a scalar quantity, while weight is a vector quantity

Massnoun

(physical) Matter, material.

Weightnoun

The force on an object due to the gravitational attraction between it and the Earth (or whatever astronomical object it is primarily influenced by).

Massnoun

A quantity of matter cohering together so as to make one body, or an aggregation of particles or things which collectively make one body or quantity, usually of considerable size

Weightnoun

An object used to make something heavier.

Massnoun

(obsolete) Precious metal, especially gold or silver.

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Weightnoun

A standardized block of metal used in a balance to measure the mass of another object.

Massnoun

(physics) The quantity of matter which a body contains, irrespective of its bulk or volume. It is one of four fundamental properties of matter. It is measured in kilograms in the SI system of measurement.

Weightnoun

Importance or influence.

Massnoun

(pharmacy) A medicinal substance made into a cohesive, homogeneous lump, of consistency suitable for making pills; as, blue mass.

Weightnoun

(weightlifting) A disc of iron, dumbbell, or barbell used for training the muscles.

He's working out with weights.

Massnoun

(medicine) A palpable or visible abnormal globular structure; a tumor.

Weightnoun

(physics) Mass (net weight, atomic weight, molecular weight, troy weight, carat weight, etc.).

Massnoun

(bodybuilding) Excess body weight, especially in the form of muscle hypertrophy.

Weightnoun

(statistics) A variable which multiplies a value for ease of statistical manipulation.

Massnoun

(proscribed) weight

Weightnoun

(topology) The smallest cardinality of a base.

Massnoun

A large quantity; a sum.

Weightnoun

(typography) The boldness of a font; the relative thickness of its strokes.

Massnoun

(quantity) Large in number.

Weightnoun

(visual art) The relative thickness of a drawn rule or painted brushstroke, line weight.

Massnoun

Bulk; magnitude; body; size.

Weightnoun

(visual art) The illusion of mass.

Massnoun

The principal part; the main body.

Weightnoun

(visual art) The thickness and opacity of paint.

Massnoun

A large body of individuals, especially persons.

The mass of spectators didn't see the infraction on the field.A mass of ships converged on the beaches of Dunkirk.

Weightnoun

Pressure; burden.

the weight of care or business

Massnoun

(in the plural) The lower classes of persons.

The masses are revolting.

Weightnoun

The resistance against which a machine acts, as opposed to the power which moves it.

Massnoun

(Christianity) The Eucharist, now especially in Roman Catholicism.

Weightnoun

Shipments of (often illegal) drugs.

He was pushing weight.

Massnoun

(Christianity) Celebration of the Eucharist.

Weightverb

(transitive) To add weight to something; to make something heavier.

Massnoun

The sacrament of the Eucharist.

Weightverb

To load (fabrics) with barite, etc. to increase the weight.

Massnoun

A musical setting of parts of the mass.

Weightverb

(transitive) To load, burden or oppress someone.

Massverb

(transitive) To form or collect into a mass; to form into a collective body; to bring together into masses; to assemble.

Weightverb

To assign weights to individual statistics.

Massverb

(intransitive) To have a certain mass.

I mass 70 kilograms

Weightverb

(transitive) To bias something; to slant.

Massverb

To celebrate mass.

Weightverb

To handicap a horse with a specified weight.

Massadjective

Involving a mass of things; concerning a large quantity or number.

There is evidence of mass extinctions in the distant past.

Weightverb

To give a certain amount of force to a throw, kick, hit, etc.

Massadjective

Involving a mass of people; of, for, or by the masses.

Mass unemployment resulted from the financial collapse.

Weightnoun

the vertical force exerted by a mass as a result of gravity

Massnoun

the property of a body that causes it to have weight in a gravitational field

Weightnoun

sports equipment used in calisthenic exercises and weightlifting; a weight that is not attached to anything and is raised and lowered by use of the hands and arms

Massnoun

(often followed by `of') a large number or amount or extent;

a batch of lettersa deal of troublea lot of moneyhe made a mint on the stock marketit must have cost plenty

Weightnoun

the relative importance granted to something;

his opinion carries great weight

Massnoun

an ill-structured collection of similar things (objects or people)

Weightnoun

an artifact that is heavy

Massnoun

(Roman Catholic Church and Protestant Churches) the celebration of the Eucharist

Weightnoun

an oppressive feeling of heavy force;

bowed down by the weight of responsibility

Massnoun

a body of matter without definite shape;

a huge ice mass

Weightnoun

a system of units used to express the weight of something

Massnoun

the common people generally;

separate the warriors from the masspower to the people

Weightnoun

a unit used to measure weight;

he placed two weights in the scale pan

Massnoun

the property of something that is great in magnitude;

it is cheaper to buy it in bulkhe received a mass of correspondencethe volume of exports

Weightnoun

(statistics) a coefficient assigned to elements of a frequency distribution in order to represent their relative importance

Massnoun

a musical setting for a Mass;

they played a Mass composed by Beethoven

Weightverb

weight down with a load

Massnoun

a sequence of prayers constituting the Christian eucharistic rite;

the priest said Mass

Weightverb

present with a bias;

He biased his presentation so as to please the share holders

Massverb

join together into a mass or collect or form a mass;

Crowds were massing outside the palace

Massadjective

occurring widely (as to many people);

mass destruction

Massadjective

gathered or tending to gather into a mass or whole;

aggregate expenses include expenses of all divisions combined for the entire yearthe aggregated amount of indebtedness

Comparison Chart

MassWeight
Defined as the quantity of an object, an assortment of incoherent particles regarded as forming one whole of body.Is a measurement of the gravitational force which is working on an object and it depends on the gravity of that particular place.
Sum
The property of an object or matter.Force
Limit
never goes to ZeroCan be zero
Instrument
Electronic balance, or lever balance.Can be measured by a Spring Balance.

What is Mass?

Mass is defined as the quantity of an object, an assortment of incoherent particles regarded as forming one whole of body. Mass plays a crucial part in the activities and experiments related to the astronauts. Mass of an object remains the same all the time. It corresponds to the general notion of how bulky an object is. It is the inherent property of an object. As defined by Sir Isaac Newton’s laws of motion, his coined formula will define the term with much clarity: F=ma, an object with a mass, m, of one kilogram will accelerate, a, at one meter per second per second when comes under the pressure from force, F, of one object.

What is Weight?

Weight is a force and it varies as the situation changes. Weight is a measurement of the gravitational force which is working on an object and it depends on the gravity of that particular place. It is often measured with a unit of force. Having a magnitude and is headed toward the pivotal point of the Earth, Weight is a vector quantity of any object. When an object gets free of gravity, as happens in space, its Weight may convert in Zero.

Conclusion

Mass and Weight are the two most common used terms in Physics which have been forming the basis of the subject. They are different from each other, actually opposite and therefore it becomes that much more important for people to have a better understanding of how to use them, hopefully this article will go a long way in completing that task.