something put in a scale to complete a required .
anything added to supply a lack.
something put on a scale to make up a required weight
an unimportant person or thing added to make up a lack
also make-weight, 1690s, “small quantity of something added to make the total reach a certain weight,” from make (v.) + weight.
MAKE WEIGHT. A small candle: a term applied to a little slender man. [“Dictionary of Buckish Slang, University Wit, and Pickpocket Eloquence,” London, 1811]
[meyk-wurk] /ˈmeɪkˌwɜrk/ noun 1. work, usually of little importance, created to keep a person from being idle or unemployed. “busy-work, activity of no value,” 1913 (adj.); 1937 (n.), American English, from the verbal expression to make work (see make (v.) + work (n.)). A big fire devoured a street; “It will make work,” I heard […]
[muh-key-uh f-kuh; Russian muh-kye-yif-kuh] /məˈkeɪ əf kə; Russian mʌˈkyɛ yɪf kə/ noun 1. a city in SE Ukraine, N of the Sea of Azov. /Russian maˈkjejɪfkə/ noun 1. a city in SE Ukraine: coal-mining centre. Pop: 380 000 (2005 est)
[muh-kahch-kuh-lah; Russian muh-khuh ch-kuh-lah] /məˌkɑtʃ kəˈlɑ; Russian mə xətʃ kʌˈlɑ/ noun 1. a seaport and capital of Dagestan, in the SW Russian Federation in Europe, on the Caspian Sea. [dah-guh-stahn, dag-uh-stan; Russian duh-gyi-stahn] /ˌdɑ gəˈstɑn, ˌdæg əˈstæn; Russian də gyɪˈstɑn/ noun 1. an autonomous republic in the SW Russian Federation on the W shore of […]
adjective in S. Asian cuisine, cooked in a spicy sauce of butter, cream, tomatoes, and herbs Examples Chicken Makhani is one of my favorite Indian dishes. Word Origin 1961; Punjab Usage Note cooking