Definition of heaviness noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈhevinəs//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈhevinəs//
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  1. 1the fact of weighing a lot and being difficult to lift or move Olivia felt the heaviness of her backpack increase the longer she ran. opposite lightness
  2. 2the feeling in a part of the body of weighing a lot and being difficult to move a feeling of heaviness in the legs opposite lightness
  3. 3the fact of being more or worse than usual in amount, degree, etc. The roof was not visible because of the heaviness of the snow that was coming down. opposite lightness
  4. 4the quality of being large, solid and not delicate the heaviness of the dark wood panelling
  5. 5the quality in a material of being thick The sewing machine started to lose strength against the heaviness of the fabric. opposite lightness
  6. 6(literary) the quality of being full of or loaded with something The heaviness of the jungle hung in the air.
  7. 7the quality in food or a meal of being large in amount or very solid The salad worked well to combat the heaviness of the meal. opposite lightness
  8. 8(usually disapproving) the quality in a book, programme, style, etc. of being serious and difficult to understand or enjoy Humour is sometimes used to counter the heaviness of death and tragedy.
  9. 9the quality of being hot and lacking fresh air, in a way that is unpleasant I felt the heaviness of the heat as we came out of the Palace.
  10. 10the quality in soil of being wet, sticky and difficult to dig or move over water trapped by the coldness of ice or the heaviness of mud
  11. Idioms a feeling of great sadness