Definitions for equivalentɪˈkwɪv ə lənt or, for 5 , ˌi kwəˈveɪ lənt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

e•quiv•a•lentɪˈkwɪv ə lənt or, for 5 , ˌi kwəˈveɪ lənt(adj.)

  1. equal in value, measure, force, effect, or significance:

    His silence is equivalent to an admission of guilt.

  2. corresponding in position, function, etc.

  3. having the same extent, as a triangle and a square of equal area.

    Category: Math

  4. Math.(of two sets) able to be placed in one-to-one correspondence.

    Category: Math

  5. Logic. having an equivalence relation, as two propositions.

    Category: Philosphy

  6. (of chemicals) having the same capacity to combine or react.

    Category: Chemistry

  7. (n.)something equivalent.

Origin of equivalent:

1425–75; late ME < ML aequivalent-, s. of aequivalēns, prp. of aequivalēre to be equivalent. See equi -, -valent


Princeton's WordNet

  1. equivalent(noun)

    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"

  2. equivalent, equivalent weight, combining weight, eq(adj)

    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

  3. equivalent, tantamount(p)(adj)

    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"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. equivalent(adjective)ɪˈkwɪv ə lənt or, for 5, ˌi kwəˈveɪ lənt

    being the same as

    a small car with space equivalent to a sedan; a better value than the equivalent video games

  2. equivalent(noun)ɪˈkwɪv ə lənt or, for 5, ˌi kwəˈveɪ lənt

    sth that is the same or as good as sth else

    energy savings that are the equivalent of 500 million barrels of oil


  1. equivalent(Noun)

    Anything that is virtually equal to another.

  2. equivalent(Noun)

    An equivalent weight.

  3. equivalent(Verb)

    To make equivalent to; to equal.

  4. equivalent(Adjective)

    Similar or identical in value, meaning or effect; virtually equal.

  5. equivalent(Adjective)

    Of two sets, having a one-to-one relationship.

  6. equivalent(Adjective)

    Relating to the corresponding elements of an equivalence relation.

  7. equivalent(Adjective)

    Having the equal ability to combine.

  8. equivalent(Adjective)

    Of a map, equal-area.

  9. Origin: From aequivalentem, accusative singular of aequivalens, present active participle of aequivaleo.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Equivalent(adj)

    equal in wortir or value, force, power, effect, import, and the like; alike in significance and value; of the same import or meaning

  2. Equivalent(adj)

    equal in measure but not admitting of superposition; -- applied to magnitudes; as, a square may be equivalent to a triangle

  3. Equivalent(adj)

    contemporaneous in origin; as, the equivalent strata of different countries

  4. Equivalent(noun)

    something equivalent; that which is equal in value, worth, weight, or force; as, to offer an equivalent for damage done

  5. Equivalent(noun)

    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: (a) 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. (b) 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

  6. Equivalent(noun)

    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

  7. Equivalent(verb)

    to make the equivalent to; to equal; equivalence


  1. Equivalent

    The equivalent, sometimes termed the molar equivalent, is a unit of amount of substance used in chemistry and the biological sciences. The equivalent is formally defined as the amount of a substance which will either: ⁕react with or supply one mole of hydrogen ions in an acid–base reaction; or ⁕react with or supply one mole of electrons in a redox reaction. The mass of one equivalent of a substance is called its equivalent weight. A historical definition, used especially for the chemical elements, describes an equivalent as the amount of a substance that will react with one gram of hydrogen, or with eight grams of oxygen, or with 35.5 grams of chlorine, or displaces any of the three. In practice, the amount of a substance in equivalents often has a very small magnitude, so it is frequently described in terms of milliequivalents, the prefix milli denoting that the measure is divided by 1000. Very often, the measure is used in terms of milliequivalents of solute per litre of solvent. This is especially common for measurement of compounds in biological fluids; for instance, the healthy level of potassium in the blood of a human is defined between 3.5 and 5.0 mEq/L.

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Translations for equivalent

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


equal in value, power, meaning etc

A metre is not quite equivalent to a yard; Would you say that `bravery' and `courage' are exactly equivalent?

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