dead load


: a constant load in a structure (such as a bridge, building, or machine) that is due to the weight of the members, the supported structure, and permanent attachments or accessories

Examples of dead load in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Tennessee Department of Transportation has hired an engineering firm and a full mathematical analysis is under way to look at dead load data and models and discuss potential repair solutions. Nick Valencia, CNN, 13 May 2021 But pure gravity becomes the rub—the dead load of the actual bridge. Tim Newcomb, Popular Mechanics, 9 June 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1888, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of dead load was circa 1888

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“Dead load.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

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