Meaning of service weight in English:

service weight

Pronunciation /ˈsəːvɪs weɪt/


  • 1The weight of a locomotive, aircraft, vehicle, or machine when fully equipped, fuelled, and ready for service, but before it is loaded.

  • 2North American A weight and quality of fabric, clothes (especially hosiery), etc., suitable for heavy wear. Now somewhat rare.


historical North American
  • Especially of hosiery and footwear: of a weight and quality suitable for heavy wear.


Mid 19th century (in an earlier sense). From service + weight.