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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Recent Examples on the Web Using my estimates, MJ and Spidey would be traveling at almost 90 miles per hour (40 meters/second), and MJ would have to support an equivalent weight of around 800 pounds (3,555 newtons). Rhett Allain, Wired, 15 Oct. 2021 Constructed from e-glass and Kevlar, these hulls are mated to a carbon-fiber superstructure, so the boat weighs only 49 tons, or the equivalent weight of a 60-foot conventional yacht. Miriam Cain, Robb Report, 6 Aug. 2021 That's the equivalent weight of more than 685 elephants. Sarah Bowman, The Indianapolis Star, 2 Dec. 2020 Consequently, Tyrian purple dye was at times worth more than its equivalent weight in silver or gold while purple-dyed fabrics could command extraordinarily high prices. Mark Woolmer, National Geographic, 24 Sep. 2020 That's the equivalent weight of two Airbus A380s, the world's largest passenger airliner, going into the air every second. Seth Borenstein, Fortune, 4 Dec. 2019 That’s the equivalent weight of two Airbus A380s, the world’s largest passenger airliner, going into the air every second. Washington Post, 4 Dec. 2019 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, 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, 3 Nov. 2017 See More

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First Known Use of equivalent weight

circa 1855, in the meaning defined above

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“Equivalent weight.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/equivalent%20weight. Accessed 29 Jun. 2022.

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