Definition of 'equivalent'


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1. Anything that is virtually equal to another.

2. chemistry An equivalent weight.

3. Something that is essentially equal to another.

4. Chemistry Equivalent weight.

5. (Chem.) 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.

6. (Physics) originally defined as the number of units of work which the unit of heat can perform, equivalent to the mechanical energy which must be expended to raise the temperature of a pound of water one degree Fahrenheit; later this value was defined as one British thermal unit (B.t.u). Its value was found by Joule to be 772 foot pounds; later measurements give the value as 777.65 foot-pounds, equivalent to 107.5 kg-meters. This value was originally called Joule's equivalent, but the modern Joule is defined differently, being 107 ergs. The B.t.u. is now given as 1,054.35 absolute Joules, and therefore 1 calorie (the amount of heat needed to raise one gram of water one degree centigrade) is equivalent to 4.186 Joules.

7. Something equivalent; that which is equal in value, worth, weight, or force.

8. (Chem.) A combining unit, whether an atom, a radical, or a molecule.

9. a person or thing equal to another in value or measure or force or effect or significance etc

10. 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

11. In geology, a stratum or series of strata in one district formed contemporaneously with a stratum or series of a different lithological character in a different region, or occupying the same relative position in the scale of rocks, and agreeing in the character of its fossils if deposited under similar circumstances: thus, the Caen building-stone of France is the equivalent of the English Bath oölite.

12. That which is equal in value, measure, power, force, import, or meaning, to something else; something that corresponds, balances, compensates, etc.

13. See equivalence, 2.

14. mathematics Of two sets, having a one-to-one relationship.

15. chemistry Having the equal ability to combine.

16. cartography Of a map, equal-area.

17. mathematics Relating to the corresponding elements of an equivalence relation.

18. Similar or identical in value, meaning or effect; virtually equal.

19. Equal, as in value, force, or meaning.

20. Of or relating to corresponding elements under an equivalence relation.

21. Having virtually identical or corresponding parts.

22. Being essentially equal, all things considered.

23. Having similar or identical effects.

24. Logic Having equivalence.

25. Chemistry Having the same ability to combine.

26. Capable of being put into a one-to-one relationship. Used of two sets.

27. (Geom.) Equal in measure but not admitting of superposition; -- applied to magnitudes.

28. Equal in worth or value, force, power, effect, import, and the like; alike in significance and value; of the same import or meaning.

29. (Geol.) Contemporaneous in origin.

30. transitive To make equivalent to; to equal.

31. To produce or constitute an equivalent to; answer in full proportion; equal or equalize.

32. In geometry: Said of two polygons if they can be cut into a finite number of triangles congruent in pairs.

33. In chem., applied to the respective quantities of different substances which are capable of replacing each other in combination with a fixed quantity of some particular substance. These mutually replaceable quantities of such substances are said to be equivalent to each other. See equiralence. 2.

34. In biology, having the same morphic valence; homologous in structure.

35. In geology, contemporaneous in origin; corresponding in position in the scale of rocks: as, the equivalent strata of different countries. See II., 2.

36. In geometry, having equal areas or equal dimensions: said of surfaces or magnitudes.

37. Equal in value, force, measure, power, effect, import, or meaning; correspondent; agreeing; tantamount: as, circumstantial evidence may be almost equivalent to full proof.

38. rare To make the equivalent to; to equal; equivalence.


1. Nina broke free from the mob with the verbal equivalent of an elbow in the eye.

2. In other words, you're soon going to be paying me the equivalent of several place settings of Fiestaware.

3. ‘But hang on to the receipt in case you want to exchange it for something of equivalent value in case you don't need that day or you've had it before.’

4. ‘Farmers are now expecting prices to lift by an equivalent amount.’

5. ‘We will panic about being unable to afford to replace the boiler and then, on impulse, book a weekend in Ibiza that costs the equivalent amount.’

6. ‘Had he bought another home for his retirement within the city he would have paid the entire amount for an equivalent property.’

7. ‘Add the equivalent amount of sugar and stir until sugar has dissolved.’

8. ‘In return, any project that has benefited from the fund must spend the equivalent amount with creative businesses in Wales.’

9. ‘They just wanted me to donate, monthly, the equivalent amount to half a bag of tea-bags.’

10. ‘The structure has eight cylindrical tubes that store the equivalent amount to that of moneybags.’

11. ‘An equivalent amount of energy would be necessary to split the atom apart.’

12. ‘This gives the equivalent amounts of income respondents are prepared to give up or accept for a change in the level of another characteristic.’

13. ‘An equivalent amount of normal saline was added to control tubes in lieu of enzyme solution and processed similarly.’

14. ‘These credits can be applied to medical services at Woodhull for an equivalent dollar value.’

15. ‘Meat substitutes generally contain less protein than an equivalent amount of meat.’

16. ‘In return, the lessee gives one-third of the harvest or something of equivalent value to the owner.’

17. ‘All they were obliged to do was to return an equivalent amount.’

18. ‘Humans would have to eat two cloves of raw garlic a day to obtain the equivalent amount of allicin given to rats in the study.’

19. ‘Negative controls used equivalent amounts of RNA not subjected to reverse transcription.’

20. ‘As such, nominal practice selling prices are higher than equivalent cash values.’

21. ‘Of course, in that event, the broker would be unlikely to have paid the equivalent amount to the customer either.’

22. ‘But if nothing came to fruition, a fall of an equivalent amount could be on the cards.’

23. ‘Additionally, the effect of watching fish was determined to be equivalent to the effect of hypnosis.’

24. ‘The effect is equivalent to always rejecting the face-up card that is passed to you.’

25. ‘Aids currently causes deaths equivalent to the Holocaust every two years.’

26. ‘An hour of walking in a pair of these trainers or sandals is apparently equivalent to three hours of hard exercise at the gym.’

27. ‘When he reaches the top of that he shadow boxes, all the while wearing a burden equivalent to a quarter of his own body weight.’

28. ‘It was equivalent to approving violent actions to suppress our freedom of speech.’

29. ‘Each day, the race is the equivalent to running six continuous marathons with only nine litres of water.’

30. ‘This Mr Whitton presents to us as roughly equivalent to St Francis giving his possessions to the poor.’

31. ‘The income was equivalent to a two per cent council tax hike, Coun Galloway said.’

32. ‘The shortfall next year alone would be equivalent to 4p on the basic rate of income tax.’

33. ‘Every parent who wants one is given a voucher equivalent to the money that would be spent on educating his or her child.’

34. ‘Asking any other sector to give us a viable price for our produce is equivalent to begging.’

35. ‘That is equivalent to the admission requirements of some Oxford and Cambridge colleges.’

36. ‘Should I set out on such a journey, equivalent to sailing round the world single handed in a rowboat?’

37. ‘A two-week holiday in school time is equivalent to nearly half a day a week of teaching for two terms.’

38. ‘That is equivalent to the same life reduction you would expect from smoking.’

39. ‘They are being asked to donate funds equivalent to a food or drink item from their establishment.’

40. ‘It seems somewhat equivalent to winning the midweek and weekend Lottery in the same week.’

41. ‘This is equivalent to three bin bags of rubbish per household of four or less people.’

42. ‘This amount is the equivalent today to about $750, but in terms of rupees it is not an insignificant sum.’

43. ‘Money, the means of expression of value as a symbolic equivalent, is comparable, Marx said, to language.’

44. ‘Marias opens the piece by talking about how some phrases just don't have a similar equivalent in other languages.’

45. ‘This second form of value is basically the equivalent of a signifying chain in semiotics.’

46. ‘In some instances this can amount up to the equivalent of two monthly premiums for the same portfolio.’

47. ‘The difference between the expected value and the certainty equivalent is the risk premium for the gamble.’

48. ‘The singers looked and sounded as if they weren't trying awfully hard - as if this was the musical equivalent of a gentle stroll in the park.’

49. ‘Any idea without an exact equivalent in sterling or status is automatically suspect and marks you as a fool.’

50. ‘This amount is the equivalent of one part per billion in weight.’

51. ‘Of course, words in one language don't always have exact equivalents in another.’

52. ‘India was at last ready for a swadeshi equivalent to the New York or London Review of Books.’

53. ‘That sum is the equivalent to the entire GDP of all the countries in question.’

54. ‘That is the equivalent to two dentists a week quitting NHS service in the area.’

55. ‘There is no tram equivalent to the National Railway Museum in York, but at least we have the pictures.’

56. ‘The area sealed off is the equivalent to one quarter of the whole country, which shares a border with Iraq.’

57. ‘The carnival is the equivalent to a big match day in terms of manpower, although it is usually peaceful.’

58. ‘Perhaps this is just the modern day equivalent to the old Charabanc trip to the sea side.’

59. ‘This is surely the media equivalent to saying that the sun revolves around the earth.’

60. ‘Opting out is the equivalent to handing back to your employer some of your rightful wages.’

61. ‘We need urgently to develop our own homegrown equivalent to drive forward change.’

62. ‘The equivalent of a substance is the mass which supplies or consumes one mole of another substance in a reaction.’

63. ‘It is defined as the number of equivalents of solute per volume of solution in liters.’

64. ‘There go four equivalents of carbon monoxide into your blood cells, and there's only so long you can keep that up.’

65. ‘Methanol content was related to galacturonic acid equivalents on a mol basis to calculate degree of methylesterification.’

66. ‘The OEC accumulates the four oxidizing equivalents that are required for water oxidation.’

67. send two dollars or the equivalent in stamps

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