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ɪˈkwɪv ə lənt or, for 5 , ˌi kwəˈveɪ ləntequiv·a·lent

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. equivalentnoun

    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, eqadjective

    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)adjective

    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"

Wiktionary

  1. equivalentnoun

    Anything that is virtually equal to another.

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

  2. equivalentnoun

    An equivalent weight.

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

  3. equivalentverb

    To make equivalent to; to equal.

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

  4. equivalentadjective

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

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

  5. equivalentadjective

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

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

  6. equivalentadjective

    Relating to the corresponding elements of an equivalence relation.

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

  7. equivalentadjective

    Having the equal ability to combine.

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

  8. equivalentadjective

    Of a map, equal-area.

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Equivalentadjective

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

    Etymology: [L. aequivalens, -entis, p. pr. of aequivalere to have equal power; aequus equal + valere to be strong, be worth: cf. F. quivalent. See Equal, and Valiant.]

  2. Equivalentadjective

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

    Etymology: [L. aequivalens, -entis, p. pr. of aequivalere to have equal power; aequus equal + valere to be strong, be worth: cf. F. quivalent. See Equal, and Valiant.]

  3. Equivalentadjective

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

    Etymology: [L. aequivalens, -entis, p. pr. of aequivalere to have equal power; aequus equal + valere to be strong, be worth: cf. F. quivalent. See Equal, and Valiant.]

  4. Equivalentnoun

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

    Etymology: [L. aequivalens, -entis, p. pr. of aequivalere to have equal power; aequus equal + valere to be strong, be worth: cf. F. quivalent. See Equal, and Valiant.]

  5. Equivalentnoun

    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

    Etymology: [L. aequivalens, -entis, p. pr. of aequivalere to have equal power; aequus equal + valere to be strong, be worth: cf. F. quivalent. See Equal, and Valiant.]

  6. Equivalentnoun

    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

    Etymology: [L. aequivalens, -entis, p. pr. of aequivalere to have equal power; aequus equal + valere to be strong, be worth: cf. F. quivalent. See Equal, and Valiant.]

  7. Equivalentverb

    to make the equivalent to; to equal; equivalence

    Etymology: [L. aequivalens, -entis, p. pr. of aequivalere to have equal power; aequus equal + valere to be strong, be worth: cf. F. quivalent. See Equal, and Valiant.]

Freebase

  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Equivalent

    e-kwiv′a-lent, adj. equal in value, power, meaning, &c.—n. a thing equivalent.—n. Equiv′alence.—adv. Equiv′alently. [Fr.,—L. æquus, equal, valens, valentis, pr.p. of valēre, to be worth.]

Editors Contribution

  1. equivalent

    Equal in amount, value or number.

    The equivalent amount of food was put at the table for everyone.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 19, 2020  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of equivalent in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of equivalent in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of equivalent in a Sentence

  1. Anuj Somany:

    The fifty years of a company’s glorious growth story do not guarantee its equivalent business rise even for the next fifty days in a fast-changing, competitive world of an internet age.

  2. Josh Tetrick:

    Our goal is to get below five cents per what we call' egg equivalent' in the next handful of years.

  3. Steve Jurczyk:

    We go to that high altitude because it simulates the atmospheric conditions on Mars, mars has a very thin atmosphere. With current space technologies, NASA can land about 1 metric tonne, or 2,200 pounds on the surface of Mars, roughly equivalent to the Curiosity Rover’s weight.

  4. Klaus Froehlich:

    If I need to get to a ratio of 50:50 within five years, I need to get manpower equivalent to another 15,000 to 20,000 people from partnerships with suppliers and elsewhere.

  5. WhatsApp:

    Requiring messaging apps to ‘trace’ chats is the equivalent of asking us to keep a fingerprint of every single message sent on WhatsApp, which would break end-to-end encryption and fundamentally undermines people’s right to privacy.

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