of a machine : being capable of doing a large amount of work in a specified time
a high-duty drill
: constituting products subject to a relatively high tax
high-duty goods

Word History


from the phrase high duty

First Known Use

1740, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of high-duty was in 1740

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“High-duty.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/high-duty. Accessed 28 Nov. 2023.

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