from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Weightiness; heaviness; ponderous character or quality; gravity: literally and figuratively.
  • noun A weight; something heavy, literally or figuratively; heavy matter.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The quality or state of being ponderous; weight; gravity; heaviness, ponderousness.

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  • noun The quality of requiring extensive thought.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the property of being large in mass


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  • ...every moment whole tons of ponderosity seemed added to the sinking bulk...

    - Melville, Moby-Dick, ch. 81

    July 26, 2008