deadweight

noun
dead·​weight | \ ˈded-ˈwāt How to pronounce deadweight (audio) \

Definition of deadweight

1 : the unrelieved weight of an inert mass
2 : dead load
3 : a ship's load including the total weight of cargo, fuel, stores, crew, and passengers

Examples of deadweight in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But there’s no deadweight to speak of, and the first five episodes give all of the main ensemble their chance to shine. Zack Handlen, Variety, 2 May 2022 Swiveling his propellers sideways, Johnson uses the tug as a deadweight to act as an anchor to slow the Marjorie C. Los Angeles Times, 23 Dec. 2021 Getting Gil's literal deadweight into place must've taken some serious muscles, or at least serious physics. Sara Netzley, EW.com, 15 Oct. 2021 About 60 percent of the deadweight tonnage moved to front lines is gasoline and oil. Popular Mechanics, 6 June 2019

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First Known Use of deadweight

1659, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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9 May 2022

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“Deadweight.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/deadweight. Accessed 28 Jun. 2022.

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