# Mass vs. Weight

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.

## Key Differences

Mass remains the same everywhere; Weight varies as the location changes
Mass remains the same under all locations, whereas Weight of an object can go up or down in accordance with changes in gravity
Janet White
Apr 22, 2016
Mass never goes to Zero; Weight of an object can be measured as zero when there is no gravity
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
Janet White
Apr 22, 2016
Mass refers to the property of an object or matter; Weight is a force
Mass can be referred by Kilogram, gram, and milligram; Weight is only defined in Newton (N)
Aimie Carlson
Apr 22, 2016
Mass is a scalar quantity, while weight is a vector quantity
Janet White
Apr 22, 2016

## Comparison Chart

### .

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 Zero
Can be zero

### Instrument

Electronic balance, or lever balance.
Can be measured by a Spring Balance.
Janet White
Apr 22, 2016

## Mass and Weight Definitions

#### Mass

Public celebration of the Eucharist in the Roman Catholic Church and some Protestant churches.

#### Weight

A measure of the heaviness of an object
A contest to guess the weight of a pig.

#### Mass

The sacrament of the Eucharist.

#### Weight

The force with which a body is attracted to Earth or another celestial body, equal to the product of the object's mass and the acceleration of gravity.

#### Mass

A musical setting of certain parts of the Mass, especially the Kyrie, Gloria, Credo, Sanctus, and Agnus Dei.

#### Weight

A unit measure of gravitational force
A table of weights and measures.

#### Mass

A unified body of matter with no specific shape
A mass of clay.

#### Weight

A system of such measures
Avoirdupois weight.
Troy weight.

#### Mass

A grouping of individual parts or elements that compose a unified body of unspecified size or quantity
"Take mankind in mass, and for the most part, they seem a mob of unnecessary duplicates" (Herman Melville).

#### Weight

A metallic solid used as a standard of comparison in weighing.

#### Mass

A large but nonspecific amount or number
A mass of bruises.

#### Weight

An object used to hold something else down.

#### Mass

A lump or aggregate of coherent material
A cancerous mass.

#### Weight

A counterbalance in a machine.

#### Mass

The principal part; the majority
The mass of the continent.

#### Weight

(Sports) A heavy object, such as a dumbbell, lifted for exercise or in athletic competition.

#### Mass

The physical volume or bulk of a solid body.

#### Weight

Excessive fat; corpulence
Exercising in order to lose weight.

#### Mass

Abbr. m(Physics) A property of matter equal to the measure of the amount of matter contained in or constituting a physical body that partly determines the body's resistance to changes in the speed or direction of its motion. The mass of an object is not dependent on gravity and therefore is different from but proportional to its weight.

#### Weight

(Statistics) A factor assigned to a number in a computation, as in determining an average, to increase or decrease the number's effect on the computation, reflecting its importance.

#### Mass

An area of unified light, shade, or color in a painting.

#### Weight

Oppressiveness; pressure
The weight of responsibilities.

#### Mass

(Pharmacology) A thick, pasty mixture containing drugs from which pills are formed.

#### Weight

The greater part; preponderance
The weight of the evidence is against the defendant.

#### Mass

Masses The body of common people or people of low socioeconomic status

#### Weight

Influence, importance, or authority
Her approval carried great weight.

#### Mass

To gather or be gathered into a mass.

#### Weight

Ponderous quality
The weight of the speaker's words.

#### Mass

Of, relating to, characteristic of, directed at, or attended by a large number of people
Mass education.
Mass communication.

#### Weight

(Sports) A classification according to comparative lightness or heaviness. Often used in combination
A heavyweight boxer.

#### Mass

Done or carried out on a large scale
Mass production.

#### Weight

The heaviness or thickness of a fabric in relation to a particular season or use. Often used in combination
A summerweight jacket.

#### Mass

Total; complete
The mass result is impressive.

#### Weight

A measure of the relative thickness of yarn.

#### Mass

(physical) Matter, material.

#### Weight

To make heavy or heavier
Our backpacks were weighted down with food and other essentials.

#### Mass

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.

#### Weight

To cause to feel concerned, sad, or preoccupied; burden or oppress
He was weighted with guilt.

#### Mass

(obsolete) Precious metal, especially gold or silver.

#### Weight

To increase the weight or body of (fabrics) by treating with chemicals.

#### Mass

(physics) The quantity of matter which a body contains, irrespective of its bulk or volume. It is one of four fundamental properties of matter. SI unit of mass: kilogram.

#### Weight

(Statistics) To assign weights or a weight to.

#### Mass

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

#### Weight

To cause to have a slant or bias
Weighted the rules in favor of homeowners.

#### Mass

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

#### Weight

(Sports) To assign to (a horse) the weight it must carry as a handicap in a race.

#### Mass

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

#### Weight

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

#### Mass

(proscribed) weight

#### Weight

An object used to make something heavier.

#### Mass

A large quantity; a sum.

#### Weight

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

#### Mass

Bulk; magnitude; body; size.

#### Weight

Importance or influence.

#### Mass

The principal part; the main body.

#### Weight

(weightlifting) An object, such as a weight plate or barbell, used for strength training.
He's working out with weights.

#### Mass

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.

#### Weight

(lubricants) viscosity rating.

#### Mass

(in the plural) The lower classes of persons.
The masses are revolting.

#### Weight

(physics) Mass (atomic weight, molecular weight, etc.) in restricted circumstances

#### Mass

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

#### Weight

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#### Mass

(Christianity) Celebration of the Eucharist.

#### Weight

(measurement) Mass (net weight, troy weight, carat weight, etc.).

#### Mass

The sacrament of the Eucharist.

#### Weight

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

#### Mass

A musical setting of parts of the mass.

#### Weight

(topology) The smallest cardinality of a base.

#### Mass

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

#### Weight

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

#### Mass

(intransitive) To assemble in a mass

#### Weight

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

#### Mass

To celebrate mass.

#### Weight

(visual art) The illusion of mass.

#### Mass

Involving a mass of things; concerning a large quantity or number.
There is evidence of mass extinctions in the distant past.

#### Weight

(visual art) The thickness and opacity of paint.

#### Mass

Involving a mass of people; of, for, or by the masses.
Mass unemployment resulted from the financial collapse.

#### Weight

Pressure; burden.
The weight of care or business

#### Mass

The sacrifice in the sacrament of the Eucharist, or the consecration and oblation of the host.

#### Weight

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

#### Mass

The portions of the Mass usually set to music, considered as a musical composition; - namely, the Kyrie, the Gloria, the Credo, the Sanctus, and the Agnus Dei, besides sometimes an Offertory and the Benedictus.

#### Weight

Shipments of (often illegal) drugs.
He was pushing weight.

#### Mass

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; as, a mass of ore, metal, sand, or water.
If it were not for these principles, the bodies of the earth, planets, comets, sun, and all things in them, would grow cold and freeze, and become inactive masses.
A deep mass of continual sea is slower stirredTo rage.

#### Weight

One pound of drugs, especially cannabis.

#### Mass

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

Money.

#### Mass

A large quantity; a sum.
All the mass of gold that comes into Spain.
He had spent a huge mass of treasure.

Weight class

#### Mass

Bulk; magnitude; body; size.
This army of such mass and charge.

#### Weight

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

#### Mass

The principal part; the main body.
Night closed upon the pursuit, and aided the mass of the fugitives in their escape.

#### Weight

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

#### Mass

The quantity of matter which a body contains, irrespective of its bulk or volume.

#### Weight

(transitive) To load, burden or oppress someone.

#### Mass

To celebrate Mass.

#### Weight

To assign weights to individual statistics.

#### Mass

To form or collect into a mass; to form into a collective body; to bring together into masses; to assemble.
But mass them together and they are terrible indeed.

#### Weight

(transitive) To bias something; to slant.

#### Mass

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

#### Weight

To handicap a horse with a specified weight.

#### Mass

(often followed by `of') a large number or amount or extent;
A batch of letters
A deal of trouble
A lot of money
He made a mint on the stock market
It must have cost plenty

#### Weight

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

#### Mass

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

#### Weight

The quality of being heavy; that property of bodies by which they tend toward the center of the earth; the effect of gravitative force, especially when expressed in certain units or standards, as pounds, grams, etc.

#### Mass

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

#### Weight

The quantity of heaviness; comparative tendency to the center of the earth; the quantity of matter as estimated by the balance, or expressed numerically with reference to some standard unit; as, a mass of stone having the weight of five hundred pounds.
For sorrow, like a heavy-hanging bell,Once set on ringing, with his own weight goes.

#### Mass

A body of matter without definite shape;
A huge ice mass

#### Weight

Hence, pressure; burden; as, the weight of care or business.
For the public all this weight he bears.
[He] who singly bore the world's sad weight.

#### Mass

The common people generally;
Separate the warriors from the mass
Power to the people

#### Weight

Importance; power; influence; efficacy; consequence; moment; impressiveness; as, a consideration of vast weight.
In such a point of weight, so near mine honor.

#### Mass

The property of something that is great in magnitude;
It is cheaper to buy it in bulk
He received a mass of correspondence
The volume of exports

#### Weight

A scale, or graduated standard, of heaviness; a mode of estimating weight; as, avoirdupois weight; troy weight; apothecaries' weight.

#### Mass

A musical setting for a Mass;
They played a Mass composed by Beethoven

#### Weight

A ponderous mass; something heavy; as, a clock weight; a paper weight.
A man leapeth better with weights in his hands.

#### Mass

A sequence of prayers constituting the Christian eucharistic rite;
The priest said Mass

#### Weight

A definite mass of iron, lead, brass, or other metal, to be used for ascertaining the weight of other bodies; as, an ounce weight.

#### Mass

Join together into a mass or collect or form a mass;
Crowds were massing outside the palace

#### Weight

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

#### Mass

Occurring widely (as to many people);
Mass destruction

#### Weight

To load with a weight or weights; to load down; to make heavy; to attach weights to; as, to weight a horse or a jockey at a race; to weight a whip handle.
The arrows of satire, . . . weighted with sense.

#### Mass

Gathered or tending to gather into a mass or whole;
Aggregate expenses include expenses of all divisions combined for the entire year
The aggregated amount of indebtedness

#### Weight

To assign a weight to; to express by a number the probable accuracy of, as an observation. See Weight of observations, under Weight.

#### Weight

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

#### Weight

To assign a numerical value expressing relative importance to (a measurement), to be multiplied by the value of the measurement in determining averages or other aggregate quantities; as, they weighted part one of the test twice as heavily as part 2.

#### Weight

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

#### Weight

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

#### Weight

The relative importance granted to something;
His opinion carries great weight

#### Weight

An artifact that is heavy

#### Weight

An oppressive feeling of heavy force;
Bowed down by the weight of responsibility

#### Weight

A system of units used to express the weight of something

#### Weight

A unit used to measure weight;
He placed two weights in the scale pan

#### Weight

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