equivalent weight


Definition of equivalent weight

: the mass of a substance especially in grams that combines with or is chemically equivalent to eight grams of oxygen or one gram of hydrogen : the atomic or molecular weight divided by the valence

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The laptop's weight has increased ever so slightly to 2.45 pounds from 2.43 pounds, which HP made a point to mention is about the equivalent weight of a No.2 pencil. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "HP Spectre 13 2017 review: A killer laptop, now touch-friendly," 10 Nov. 2017 The amount is the equivalent weight of roughly 950,000 American adults, or the population of Marion County, and made Indiana sixth in the country in terms of toxic release. Sarah Bowman, Indianapolis Star, "Danger zone: Indiana produces 6th most toxic chemicals in U.S.," 3 Nov. 2017

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circa 1855, in the meaning defined above

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