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Definition of Equivalent


  1. Equal in wortir or value, force, power, effect, import, and the like; alike in significance and value; of the same import or meaning.
  2. Equal in measure but not admitting of superposition; -- applied to magnitudes; as, a square may be equivalent to a triangle.
  3. Contemporaneous in origin; as, the equivalent strata of different countries.
  4. Something equivalent; that which is equal in value, worth, weight, or force; as, to offer an equivalent for damage done.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. To make the equivalent to; to equal; equivalence.

Equivalent Quotations

One man is equivalent to all Creation. One man is a World in miniature. - Albert Pike
One man is equivalent to all Creation. One man is a World in miniature.
Albert Pike

Every great man, every successful man, no matter what the field of endeavor, has known the magic that lies in these words: every adversity has the seed of an equivalent or greater benefit.
W. Clement Stone

My father considered a walk among the mountains as the equivalent of churchgoing.
Aldous Huxley

Accuracy of observation is the equivalent of accuracy of thinking.
Wallace Stevens

Louisiana loses 30 miles a year off our coast. We lost 100 miles last year off our coast thanks to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. We have lost a size of land equivalent to the entire state of Rhode Island.
Bobby Jindal
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Equivalent Translations

equivalent in Danish is surrogat
equivalent in Dutch is equivalent, gelijkwaardig
equivalent in German is gleichwertig, gleichviel, gleichwertig
equivalent in Italian is equivalente
equivalent in Norwegian is tilsvarende
equivalent in Portuguese is equivalente
equivalent in Spanish is equivalente
equivalent in Swedish is motsvarande
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