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Definition of Equivalent

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

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

What I am looking for... is an immobile movement, something which would be the equivalent of what is called the eloquence of silence, or what St. John of the Cross, I think it was, described with the term 'mute music'.
Joan Miro

Commercial institutions, proud of their achievements, do not see that healthy living systems - clean air and water, healthy soil, stable climates - are integral to a functioning economy. As our living systems deteriorate, traditional forecasting and business economics become the equivalent of house rules on a sinking cruise ship.
Paul Hawken

Gambling with cards or dice or stocks is all one thing. It's getting money without giving an equivalent for it.
Henry Ward Beecher

All human actions are equivalent and all are on principle doomed to failure.
Jean-Paul Sartre
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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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