deadweight

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

Definition of deadweight

1 : the unrelieved weight of an inert mass
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 About 60 percent of the deadweight tonnage moved to front lines is gasoline and oil. Popular Mechanics, "How the D-Day Invasion Was Planned," 6 June 2019 The best hope is that GE dumps this deadweight, even if the cost is big (though hopefully not Markopolos-big), clearing the way for Culp to work his magic. Shawn Tully, Fortune, "How the Man Who Nailed Madoff Got GE Wrong," 3 Oct. 2019 About 60 percent of the deadweight tonnage moved to front lines is gasoline and oil. Popular Mechanics, "How the D-Day Invasion Was Planned," 6 June 2019 About 60 percent of the deadweight tonnage moved to front lines is gasoline and oil. Popular Mechanics, "How the D-Day Invasion Was Planned," 6 June 2019 Set a goal, eliminate deadweight and sprint into the future. Eugenia Last, The Mercury News, "Horoscopes: June 24, 2019," 24 June 2019 The best thing the Lakers could do for themselves, and LeBron James, is jettison Lonzo Ball and his deadweight daddy, and go looking for a healthy, mature partner for James. Sally Jenkins, chicagotribune.com, "Welcome to L.A., LeBron James. See yourself out, LaVar Ball.," 2 July 2018 When it is completed, the new Matson vessel will have a lifting capacity, or deadweight, of 51,400 metric tons, and will hold 3,600 20-foot equivalent container units, or TEUs. Andrew Maykuth, Philly.com, "With dearth of orders, Philly Shipyard's future is at risk," 10 May 2018 About 60 percent of the deadweight tonnage moved to front lines is gasoline and oil. Popular Mechanics, "How the D-Day Invasion Was Planned," 6 June 2017

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First Known Use of deadweight

1659, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Deadweight.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/deadweight. Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

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