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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n preponderance exceeding in heaviness; having greater weight "the least preponderance in either pan will unbalance the scale"
    • n preponderance a superiority in numbers or amount "a preponderance of evidence against the defendant"
    • n preponderance superiority in power or influence "the preponderance of good over evil","the preponderance of wealth and power"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Preponderance (Gun) The excess of weight of that part of a canon behind the trunnions over that in front of them.
    • Preponderance The quality or state of being preponderant; superiority or excess of weight, influence, or power, etc.; an outweighing. "The mind should . . . reject or receive proportionably to the preponderancy of the greater grounds of probability.""In a few weeks he had changed the relative position of all the states in Europe, and had restored the equilibrium which the preponderance of one power had destroyed."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n preponderance The state or quality of preponderating or outweighing; superiority in weight: as, preponderance of metal.
    • n preponderance Superiority in force, influence, quantity, or number; predominance.
    • n preponderance In gunnery, the excess of weight of that part of a gun which is to the rear of the trunnions over that in front of them. It is measured by the force, expressed in pounds, which must be applied under the rear end of the base-ring or neck of the cascabel in order to balance the gun exactly with the axis of the bore horizontal, when supported freely on knife-edges placed under the trunnions.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Preponderance power or state of outweighing: excess of weight, number, or quantity: predominance
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. prépondérance,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. præ, before, ponderāre, -ātum, to weigh—pondus, a weight.


In literature:

And they cannot, in one lifetime, get such a preponderance of wealth as to cause much envy from those lacking it.
"The Girl in the Golden Atom" by Raymond King Cummings
I was struck by the great preponderance of the black population.
"Journal of a Voyage to Brazil" by Maria Graham
Polk found his Cabinet divided on the subject of "all Mexico," with the preponderance of influence in favor of annexation.
"Expansion and Conflict" by William E. Dodd
This would have given the slave-holding states the preponderance in the Union.
"Travels and Adventures of Monsieur Violet" by Captain Marryat
Unquestionably, the economic interests are preponderant.
"Society" by Henry Kalloch Rowe
The style is a mixture of German and Italian, the former preponderating.
"The Violin" by George Hart
In that Council, as already mentioned, there was a preponderance of Reform members.
"The Story of the Upper Canada Rebellion, Volume 1" by John Charles Dent
That was possibly the preponderant influence in his mind.
"Despair's Last Journey" by David Christie Murray
This is the preponderating love of ease, a branch of self-love.
"The Philosophy of the Moral Feelings" by John Abercrombie
They were terrified, moreover, by the preponderance in number of their foes.
"The Swedish Revolution Under Gustavus Vasa" by Paul Barron Watson
Germany has achieved a temporary preponderance of material.
"New York Times Current History; The European War, Vol 2, No. 5, August, 1915" by Various
Or all that we call logic and reasoning ends up as sheer preponderance of avoirdupois.
"The Book of the Damned" by Charles Fort
A third region of negro preponderance covered fifteen counties of southern Texas.
"History of the United States, Volume 5" by E. Benjamin Andrews
In Illinois, also, the current of migration was at first preponderantly Southern, but the settlers were less often from the Atlantic coast.
"The Frontier in American History" by Frederick Jackson Turner
In the first two the preponderance of the work was being performed by machines.
"The Servant Problem" by Robert F. Young
The place was about one third filled with a representative English audience, the males preponderating in number.
"Campaigns of a Non-Combatant," by George Alfred Townsend
Their wealth was even more preponderant, being, slaves apart, nearly one hundred per cent.
"History of the United States, Volume 3 (of 6)" by E. Benjamin Andrews
The preponderance of power lay with the 236 members for the 118 boroughs, of which only eight were free from all patronage.
"The Political History of England - Vol. X." by William Hunt
The young faces with their varying expressions betokened on the whole the preponderance of an earnest spirit.
"A World of Girls" by L. T. Meade
The Highland clans were fairly represented, with a preponderance in favor of the McNeils.
"An Historical Account of the Settlements of Scotch Highlanders in America" by J. P. MacLean

In news:

Los Angeles was once known for our preponderance of programmatic buildings.
While I was driving past some of the thousands of construction sites around our valley, I couldn't help but notice a preponderance of two plants.
2YO 3-O T B Bob 9-5 4-Third Choice 2-1 1-Ethelred 3-1 5-Speedyberg 8-1 2-Preponderate 6-1 6-No Calcetines 12-1 SECOND-1 mile.
A criminal defendant who seeks to have counsel appointed at public expense bears the burden of proving indigency by a preponderance of the evidence, the Supreme Judicial Court has ruled.
"Almost everything, especially of government policy, is an inseparable compound of the two, so that our best judgment of the preponderance between them is continually demanded".
Urinary bladder pheochromocytoma has no sex predilection, but there is a slight female preponderance.1,2 Childhood pheochromocytomas are more commonly multicentric and extra adrenal and only 2% of these pheochromocytomas are malignant.2.
As I was driving down a busy street in St Paul last week, I noticed among the preponderance of political yard signs that one stood out.
Are you intimidated by the preponderance of video geek terminology.
Though one will note a preponderance of animal renderings in the Los Muros Hablan renderings, it wasn't all frogs and frog -killers in the Santurce streets.
The vast preponderance of news reporting about Hollywood concerns the weekly box-office race.
We have described a case of erosive osteoarthritis in 3 generations of women that supports a strong genetic component and female preponderance of the disease.
As I was driving down a busy street in St Paul, Minn. Last week, I noticed among the preponderance of political yard signs that one stood out.
The suggestion by defense council that this was consensual is preponderous .
The overwhelming preponderous of the evidence indicates that's mistaken.
Metzler says the preponderance of low-end wines has harmed sherry 's image, obscuring the visibility of quality products on the market.

In science:

At small times, we can see the preponderance of K o ’s.
Workshop Summary
These models tend to lead to a preponderance of photons in the final state, but they can also lead to relatively long lifetimes for some of the sparticles.
XXXVIIi\'eme Rencontres de Moriond: Electroweak 2002 Conference Summary
The preponderance of negative velocity gas at high pressures probably arises from material compressed by mass flows from the target stars or their neighbors in the early-type stellar associations.
Evidence and Implications of Pressure Fluctuations in the ISM
If the null lengths were distr ibuted in a Poissonian fashion, we would find a preponderance of one-pulse nulls and very few longer ones.
Radio Pulsars
However, the situation dramatically improved as we proceeded to NLO, where our default predictions, endowed with theoretical uncertainties estimated by moderate unphysical-scale variations, led to a satisfactory description of the HERA data in the preponderant part of the accessed phase space.
Inclusive Production of Single Hadrons with Finite Transverse Momenta in Deep-Inelastic Scattering at Next-to-Leading Order
All 5 sharing the same WR subtype can therefore be seen as an indication of the preponderance of late WC stars in the inner Milky Way.
Five WC9 stars discovered in the AAO/UKST H-alpha Survey
Separating antimatter from matter particles in cosmic rays (CRs) is not an easy task, because of the preponderance of protons, followed by electrons, which have already a flux, which is several orders of magnitude lower, as demonstrated in Fig. 4 .
Indirect Dark Matter Searches in the Light of ATIC, FERMI, EGRET and PAMELA
After all, the preponderance of scientific papers are not cited very commonly.
Nonuniversal power law scaling in the probability distribution of scientific citations
The sparsity assumption has become preponderant in modern, high-dimensional statistics.
Optimal detection of sparse principal components in high dimension
As an aside, note the preponderance of the number three in my list of questions: three dimensions, three generations, and three colors.
FPCP 2012 Summary Talk on Experiments
In 1967 Sakharov22 proposed three ingredients of any theory which sought to explain the preponderance of baryons over antibaryons in our Universe: (1) violation of C and CP; (2) violation of baryon number, and (3) a period in which the Universe was out of thermal equilibrium.
Present and Future Aspects of CP Violation
Several authors have recently noted that C.'s performance is weaker in domains with a preponderance of continuous attributes than for learning tasks that have mainly discrete attributes.
Improved Use of Continuous Attributes in C4.5
The preponderance of the negative Lyapunov exponents over the positive ones does not seem due, at least in the cases where it appears clearly, to the non-reversibility of our CODES: hence the existence of more negative than positive exponents is a very likely to be a real phenomenon at large field (and fixed N ).
Chaotic principle: an experimental test
That is the spectacular signature of the DCC: a preponderance of charged pions with small f .
Summary of the Nijmegen Workshop on Multiparticle Production
The main kinematical feature of the outer pseudorings is the preponderance of positive radial velocities against negative ones.
Kinematics of the outer pseudorings and the spiral structure of the Galaxy