deadweight

noun dead·weight \ ˈded-ˈwāt \
Updated on: 27 Feb 2018

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

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