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[weyt-lis] /ˈweɪt lɪs/
being without apparent weight, as a freely falling body or a body acted upon by a force that neutralizes gravitation.
Origin of weightless
1540-50; weight + -less
Related forms
weightlessly, adverb
weightlessness, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for weightless
  • weightless, sinuous as a dolphin, you move through halls of light.
  • The poor thing was so dried out it was practically weightless.
  • And they don't laugh anymore because nothing is funny to them ever again after being weightless in space.
  • The long-term goal is to print a functioning spacecraft in a seemingly weightless environment.
  • Today's astronauts take special space food prepared for a weightless environment.
  • Its almost weightless easiness lets him raise his arms freely to take careful aim.
  • If he is melancholy and heavy, his clothes are joyful and weightless.
  • Once you try it, you'll see how it makes your legs feel weightless.
  • Being weightless for the entire mission would cause degeneration of muscles, bones, and the heart.
  • Taking the stairs between decks, one was at times almost weightless.
British Dictionary definitions for weightless


(of a body) having no actual weight; a state in which an object has no actual weight (because it is in space and unaffected by gravitational attraction) or no apparent weight (because the gravitational attraction equals the centripetal force and the object is in free fall)
  1. (of economic activity) based on the supply of information and ideas rather than trade in physical goods: the weightless economy
  2. (of a company) having very few physical assets: weightless dot.coms
Derived Forms
weightlessness, noun
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