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

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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

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First Known Use of deadweight

1659, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Deadweight.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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