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Definitions of equivalent

  1. 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"
  2. the atomic weight of an element that has the same combining capacity as a given weight of another element; the standard is 8 for oxygen
  3. a person or thing equal to another in value or measure or force or effect or significance etc; " send two dollars or the equivalent in stamps"
  4. essentially equal; " women are paid less than men doing equivalent work"
  5. Equal in wortir or value, force, power, effect, import, and the like; alike in significance and value; of the same import or meaning.
  6. Contemporaneous in origin; as, the equivalent strata of different countries.
  7. Something equivalent; that which is equal in value, worth, weight, or force; as, to offer an equivalent for damage done.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. To make the equivalent to; to equal; equivalence.
  11. Equal in measure but not admitting of superposition; - applied to magnitudes; as, a square may be equivalent to a triangle.
  12. Equal in value, etc.; equal in effect.
  13. A thing of the same value, etc.
  14. Equal in value, power, effect, meaning, etc.
  15. A thing equal in value, etc.
  16. EQUIVALENTLY.
  17. EQUIVALENCE.
  18. To produce or constitute an equivalent to: to answer in full proportion: to equal. J. N. Lockyer.
  19. A thing equal in value, & c.
  20. Equal in value, effect, meaning, & c.
  21. Equal in value, area, force, meaning, or the like.
  22. That which is equivalent.
  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. 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.
  25. Equal in value or worth; equal in power, force, or effect; of the same import or meaning.
  26. 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.

Usage examples for equivalent

  1. Here, however, the equivalent in feet for 1 degree temp. – Himalayan Journals V2. by J. D. Hooker
  2. It is equivalent to the which; that which; which that; or that that; used also in the plural. – The Grammar of English Grammars by Goold Brown
  3. It seems, however, that it is the native form of taking an oath, equivalent to our kissing the book. – Journal of an African Cruiser by Horatio Bridge
  4. Which was equivalent to saying he believed in it. – St. Peter's Umbrella by Kálmán Mikszáth
  5. Wainewright too, who learnt from Hazlitt, " deals," as Wilde saw, " with his impressions of the work as an artistic whole, and tries to translate these impressions into words, to give, as it were, the literary equivalent for his imaginative and mental effect." – Oscar Wilde A Critical Study by Arthur Ransome
  6. The worthy old man told me to say plainly whether I should prefer a jewel or a sum of money of equivalent value. – The Memoires of Casanova, Complete The Rare Unabridged London Edition Of 1894, plus An Unpublished Chapter of History, By Arthur Symons by Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  7. Friends would be dropping in to congratulate- the modern equivalent of the old " turba clientium." – The Marriage of William Ashe by Mrs. Humphry Ward
  8. They say that until ten o'clock tomorrow the souls will wander at liberty, awaiting the prayers of the living, and that during these days one mass is equivalent to five on other days of the year, or even to six, as the curate said this morning. – The Social Cancer A Complete English Version of Noli Me Tangere by José Rizal
  9. It was without its equivalent in literature. – Là-bas by J. K. Huysmans
  10. And as he said this, he blushed deeply, because this confession was equivalent to another, that he was drawing closer to her. – Their Son; The Necklace by Eduardo Zamacois
  11. I never saw old Ali after that evening, but entrusted to the boy Mohammed what was considered a just equivalent for his services. – Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah & Meccah by Sir Richard Francis Burton
  12. It was equivalent to saying that he did not like her name. – East Lynne by Mrs. Henry Wood
  13. Men are apt to rest on it as they would not on its English equivalent. – Psychotherapy by James J. Walsh
  14. There must, then, have been always the same number of men, or of active beings equivalent to men. – A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 5 (of 10) From "The Works of Voltaire - A Contemporary Version" by François-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire) Commentator: John Morley Tobias Smollett H.G. Leigh
  15. An and a, being equivalent in meaning, are commonly reckoned one and the same article. – The Grammar of English Grammars by Goold Brown
  16. " No, dear"; but the " No" was equivalent to " Yes." – The Thirteen by Honore de Balzac
  17. Eloquence was bought when it was wanted; and the cheaper substitute of brow- beating, and vehemence used when they were equivalent or superior. – Memoirs of Aaron Burr, Complete by Matthew L. Davis
  18. In some Communist states- for example, the Soviet Union- the equivalent is a primary party organization. – Area Handbook for Albania by Eugene K. Keefe Sarah Jane Elpern William Giloane James M. Moore, Jr. Stephen Peters Eston T. White
  19. A young man says: If I choose to risk a sum of money which I can afford to lose over a bet with some one else who can afford to do the same, what has talk about equivalent got to do with it? – Men in the Making by Ambrose Shepherd
  20. But on women this sentence is imposed by actual law, and by customs equivalent to law. – The Subjection of Women by John Stuart Mill
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