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  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj equivalent being essentially equal to something "it was as good as gold","a wish that was equivalent to a command","his statement was tantamount to an admission of guilt"
    • n equivalent the atomic weight of an element that has the same combining capacity as a given weight of another element; the standard is 8 for oxygen
    • n equivalent a person or thing equal to another in value or measure or force or effect or significance etc "send two dollars or the equivalent in stamps"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The size of a red blood cell is 708 microns. This is equivalent to one millionth of a meter
    • Equivalent (Chem) A combining unit, whether an atom, a radical, or a molecule; as, in acid salt two or more equivalents of acid unite with one or more equivalents of base.
    • Equivalent (Geol) Contemporaneous in origin; as, the equivalent strata of different countries.
    • Equivalent (Geom) Equal in measure but not admitting of superposition; -- applied to magnitudes; as, a square may be equivalent to a triangle.
    • Equivalent Equal in worth or value, force, power, effect, import, and the like; alike in significance and value; of the same import or meaning. "For now to serve and to minister, servile and ministerial, are terms equivalent ."
    • Equivalent Something equivalent; that which is equal in value, worth, weight, or force; as, to offer an equivalent for damage done. "He owned that, if the Test Act were repealed, the Protestants were entitled to some equivalent . . . . During some weeks the word equivalent, then lately imported from France, was in the mouths of all the coffeehouse orators."
    • Equivalent (Chem) That comparative quantity by weight of an element which possesses the same chemical value as other elements, as determined by actual experiment and reference to the same standard. Specifically: The comparative proportions by which one element replaces another in any particular compound; thus, as zinc replaces hydrogen in hydrochloric acid, their equivalents are 32.5 and 1. The combining proportion by weight of a substance, or the number expressing this proportion, in any particular compound; as, the equivalents of hydrogen and oxygen in water are respectively 1 and 8, and in hydric dioxide 1 and 16.
    • v. t Equivalent To make the equivalent to; to equal; equivalence.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: An average person consumes the equivalent of 26 gallons of milk a year, including almost 28 pounds of cheese
    • equivalent Equal in value, force, measure, power, effect, import, or meaning; correspondent; agreeing; tantamount: as, circumstantial evidence may be almost equivalent to full proof.
    • equivalent In geology, contemporaneous in origin; corresponding in position in the scale of rocks: as, the equivalent strata of different countries. See II., 2.
    • equivalent In geometry, having equal areas or equal dimensions: said of surfaces or magnitudes.
    • equivalent In biology, having the same morphic valence; homologous in structure.
    • n equivalent That which is equal in value, measure, power, force, import, or meaning, to something else; something that corresponds, balances, compensates, etc.
    • n equivalent In geology, a stratum or series of strata in one district formed contemporaneously with a stratum or series of a different lithological character in a different region, or occupying the same relative position in the scale of rocks, and agreeing in the character of its fossils if deposited under similar circumstances: thus, the Caen building-stone of France is the equivalent of the English Bath oölite.
    • equivalent To produce or constitute an equivalent to; answer in full proportion; equal or equalize.
    • equivalent In geometry: Said of two polygons if they can be cut into a finite number of triangles congruent in pairs.
    • equivalent In chem., applied to the respective quantities of different substances which are capable of replacing each other in combination with a fixed quantity of some particular substance. These mutually replaceable quantities of such substances are said to be equivalent to each other. See equiralence. 2.
    • n equivalent See equivalence, 2.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The average person walks the equivalent of twice around the world in a lifetime.
    • adj Equivalent e-kwiv′a-lent equal in value, power, meaning, &c
    • n Equivalent a thing equivalent
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  • Jean-Paul Sartre
    “All human actions are equivalent... and all are on principle doomed to failure.”
  • Robert Collier
    “In every adversity there lies the seed of an equivalent advantage. In every defeat is a lesson showing you how to win the victory next time.”
  • Arthur Schopenhauer
    “Reading is equivalent to thinking with someone else's head instead of with one's own.”
  • Vincent Van Gogh
    “A good picture is equivalent to a good deed.”
  • Wilfrid Heed
    Wilfrid Heed
    “God has been so lavish in his gifts that you can lose some priceless ones, the equivalent of whole kingdoms, and still be indecently rich,”
  • Samuel Johnson
    “Man is not weak; knowledge is more than equivalent to force.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. aequivalens, -entis, p. pr. of aequivalere, to have equal power; aequus, equal + valere, to be strong, be worth: cf. F. équivalent,. See Equal, and Valiant


In literature:

Work and play here take on a different meaning, and become equivalent to servitude and freedom.
"The Sense of Beauty" by George Santayana
In a small way, oysters pass current in the Cadjan City as the equivalent of coins.
"East of Suez" by Frederic Courtland Penfield
That is to say, that for every equivalent of phosphoric acid there are three equivalents of lime.
"Manures and the principles of manuring" by Charles Morton Aikman
According to this law, the mechanical equivalent would not be 0.2 of a foot pound greater at 5 deg.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 647, May 26, 1888" by Various
Not to hinder the doing of evil, when it lies in your power, is equivalent to doing it.
"One Snowy Night" by Emily Sarah Holt
Every farthing a pound saved in carriage is equivalent to so much added to the price of cotton.
"Cotton is King and The Pro-Slavery Arguments" by Various
Such corrections are impossible unless a proper determination of the hydrothermal equivalent has been made.
"Respiration Calorimeters for Studying the Respiratory Exchange and Energy Transformations of Man" by Francis Gano Benedict
The original is idiomatic and terse, and he could not find exact equivalents in numerous cases.
"The Book-Collector" by William Carew Hazlitt
X also is superfluous, ks, gz, or z, being equivalent to it.
"A Handbook of the English Language" by Robert Gordon Latham
Now, the command to love our neighbors as ourselves is equivalent to that other, "Whatsoever ye would that men should do unto you," etc.
"Epistle Sermons, Vol. II" by Martin Luther
The different tannins are not equivalent in these respects.
"All About Coffee" by William H. Ukers
Hence the phrase "the man who" is equivalent to "all men who".
"Symbolic Logic" by Lewis Carroll
The proportion is generally one-fortieth, which is to be paid in kind, or in money, or other equivalent.
"The Thousand and One Nights, Vol. I." by Anonymous
This amount is equivalent to nearly 7 per cent upon the total par value of the stocks.
"How to Invest Money" by George Garr Henry
It can render me an equivalent for those things.
"Speeches, Addresses, and Occasional Sermons, Volume 1 (of 3)" by Theodore Parker
The terrestrial and lacustrine equivalents are known as the Old Red Sandstone.
"The New Gresham Encyclopedia" by Various
This is known as the mechanical equivalent of heat, or Joule's equivalent.
"The New Gresham Encyclopedia" by Various
Here's the equivalent for the keepers of the cabarets.
"The Child Wife" by Mayne Reid
Even the true value of Joule's equivalent is not undisputed.
"A History of the Growth of the Steam-Engine" by Robert H. Thurston
The heat produced by the combustion is equivalent to about 60 million foot-pounds.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 16, Slice 6" by Various

In poetry:

E'er He for man can suffer,— He must be
A Man, from ev'ry vice and error free,
Whose death must be equivalent to all
The deaths of those on this terrestrial ball.
"Christ Is All In All" by Rees Prichard
'T is now that solitude has most of pain;
Vague apprehensions of approaching night
Whisper the soul, attuned to bliss, and fain
To find in love equivalent for light.
"Twilight Thoughts" by Maria Gowen Brooks

In news:

FedEx also agreed to convert four orders for 777 freighters, with a list value of $1.1 billion, to an equivalent purchase order for 767s.
Audrey Hepburn personified the zeitgeist as the 1950s equivalent of today's "pixie girl," and generation after generation has continued to identify with her image.
The Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that makers of generic drug s cannot be sued for failing to warn consumers of the possible side effects of their products if they copy the exact warnings on the medicines' brand-name equivalents.
It's understandable that no equivalent to your local auto-parts store exists for business jets.
Owen, a Guernsey County farmer, spent the equivalent of $61,600 in the 1880s to erect this monument to himself and his first wife, Mary, in the United Presbyterian cemetery in Antrim.
Greenstone, generic Singulair, montelukast sodium tablets, generic pharmaceuticals, Pfizer, Merck, generic equivalent.
Incidentally, Sharapova's grunts have been measured at 101 decibels which is the equivalent of a passing locomotive.
That's the equivalent of 140 Big Macs.
We don't have equivalent data for Prepay, which is maybe 10% of the US market (much lower than in most other markets) – this will be skewed towards featurephones and cheap Android handsets, but not enough to change the overall picture.
Pasteurized egg yolk product (equivalent of 3 egg yolks) ?
However — jokes aside — professionals, for the most part, believe there really is no inevitable male equivalent.
Its inscribed pattern consists of eight complete hexagons and parts of several others, for the equivalent of 14 hexagons .
What's the Modern-Day Equivalent of Longitude .
Unlike most other types of money, Bitcoins do not have a physical real-world equivalent.
Since 2006, province's pipelines have spilled the equivalent of almost 28 million litres of oil.

In science:

This category has an obvious induced notion of weak equivalences, and these equivalences form a subcategory denoted by wG − T ors(A).
From HAG to DAG: derived moduli spaces
One can prove that the homotopy category of perfect O-modules on RS pec A is naturally equivalent to the full sub-category of Ho(A − M od) consisting of strongly dualizable modules, or equivalently of dg-A-modules which are retracts of finite cell modules (in the sense of [Kr-Ma, §III.1]).
From HAG to DAG: derived moduli spaces
We define a notion of equivalences between such presheaves, by saying the f : M −→ N is an equivalence if it induces a quasi-isomorphism at each stalks.
From HAG to DAG: derived moduli spaces
Using this notion of equivalences we can talk about equivalent dg-OX ⊗A-modules (i.e. ob jects which become isomorphic in the localization of the category with respect to quasi-isomorphisms).
From HAG to DAG: derived moduli spaces
Two α-sequences {xβ : β < α} and {yβ : β < α} are said to be equivalent if they are C -equivalent for some C < ∞.
Classification of Banach Spaces --its Topological and Cardinality Properties
If sequences {xn : n < ω} and {xσn : n < ω} are equivalent then both of them are equivalent to a symmetric sequences.
Classification of Banach Spaces --its Topological and Cardinality Properties
Because experimental tests of equivalence include the integrated rest-mass-energy of the weak forces, a theory that can even describe weak interactions must show a detailed equivalence if it is to be exact.
Spinors in Quantum Geometrical Theory
Then (µα, g ) and (µα′, g ) are equivalent as integral diagram if and only if α and α′ are equivalent as moduli.
Generic singularities of implicit systems of first order differential equations on the plane
Then f and f ′ are equivalent under the group of point transformations if and only if the induced integral diagrams (µ, π ◦ f ) and (µ′, π ◦ f ′ ) are equivalent.
Generic singularities of implicit systems of first order differential equations on the plane
It is clear that if ℓ(µ,f ) and ℓ(µ′, f ′ ) are S.P + -Legendrian equivalent (respectively, S.P -Legendrian equivalent), then (µ, π ◦ f ) and (µ′, π ◦ f ′ ) are R+ -equivalent (respectively, strictly equivalent).
Generic singularities of implicit systems of first order differential equations on the plane
The notion of the stability of Legendrian unfoldings with respect to S.P + -Legendrian equivalence (respectively, S.P -Legendrian equivalence) is analogous to the usual notion of the stability of Legendrian immersion germs with respect to Legendrian equivalence (cf.
Generic singularities of implicit systems of first order differential equations on the plane
Then (1) ΦF and ΦG are S.P+ (respectively, S.P)-Legendrian equivalent if and only if ˜F and ˜G are P-C + (respectively, C )-equivalent. (2) ΦF is S.P+ (respectively, S.P)-Legendrian stable if and only if ˜F is a P-C + (respectively, C )-versal deformation of f = F |R × {0}.
Generic singularities of implicit systems of first order differential equations on the plane
In particular we arrive at a striking scaling equivalence: a self-avoiding walk is exactly equivalent to 5/8 of a Brownian motion .
Conformal Fractal Geometry and Boundary Quantum Gravity
Lemma 5.1.2 If D has finite volume and the Young functions A and B are equivalent near infinity, then the Luxemburg norms ||f ||A and ||f ||B are equivalent norms.
Random Surfaces
The first goal of this chapter is to derive some equivalent definitions of specific free energy (making use of the notion of “empirical measure” of a configuration φ : Λn 7→ E ) and an equivalent definition of the surface tension.
Random Surfaces