1 anything added to fill out a whole; "some of the items in the collection are mere makeweights" [syn: filler]
2 a weight added to the scale to reach a required weight
- something of inferior quality which is included in a shipment to make up the weight
- 1893: I would advise you to accept these as an instalment of a volume, (they are not big enough to make one themselves) with the promise that the stories to come should be more striking, more original in theme — not less so, not mere makeweights — than those under consideration. — Richard Le Gallienne, in a publisher's report on stories by Ernest Dowson, quoted in Jad Adams, Madder Music, Stronger Wine, page 88.