Definitions of equivalent

  1. To make the equivalent to; to equal; equivalence.
  2. To produce or constitute an equivalent to: to answer in full proportion: to equal. J. N. Lockyer.
  3. Something equivalent; that which is equal in value, worth, weight, or force; as, to offer an equivalent for damage done.
  4. That comparative quantity by weight of an element which possesses the same chemical value as other elements, as determined by actual experiment and reference to the same standard. Specifically: ( a) The comparative proportions by which one element replaces another in any particular compound; thus, as zinc replaces hydrogen in hydrochloric acid, their equivalents are 32. 5 and 1. ( b) The combining proportion by weight of a substance, or the number expressing this proportion, in any particular compound; as, the equivalents of hydrogen and oxygen in water are respectively 1 and 8, and in hydric dioxide 1 and 16.
  5. A combining unit, whether an atom, a radical, or a molecule; as, in acid salt two or more equivalents of acid unite with one or more equivalents of base.
  6. A thing of the same value, etc.
  7. A thing equal in value, etc.
  9. A thing equal in value, & c.
  10. Equal in value, effect, meaning, & c.
  11. That which is equivalent.
  12. That which is equal in value, power, & c.; the proportion expressing the weight, or quantity by weight, of any substance which combines with another substance to make a detinito compound.
  13. That which is equal in value, weight, & c., to something else; offset; compensation; in geol., strata or a series of strata that have been formed contemporaneously in distant regions, or which are characterised by similar suites of fossils.
  15. being essentially equal to something; " it was as good as gold"; " a wish that was equivalent to a command"; " his statement was tantamount to an admission of guilt"
  16. essentially equal; " women are paid less than men doing equivalent work"
  17. Equal in wortir or value, force, power, effect, import, and the like; alike in significance and value; of the same import or meaning.
  18. Contemporaneous in origin; as, the equivalent strata of different countries.
  19. Equal in measure but not admitting of superposition; - applied to magnitudes; as, a square may be equivalent to a triangle.
  20. Equal in value, etc.; equal in effect.
  21. Equal in value, power, effect, meaning, etc.
  22. Equal in value, area, force, meaning, or the like.
  23. Equal in value, or power, or effect, or cogency, or meaning, or moral worth; said of strata that are of contemporaneous formation; equal in area or size.
  24. Equal in value or worth; equal in power, force, or effect; of the same import or meaning.