What does equivalent mean?

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

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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"


  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

  8. Origin: [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.]


  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  

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'equivalent' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3770

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'equivalent' in Nouns Frequency: #1709

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'equivalent' in Adjectives Frequency: #499

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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. Brian Haus:

    This is the first time that we've been able to get to these really intense winds of Category 5 equivalent in the laboratory and study how they interact with the ocean surface, we want to know how they get from less intense to more intense and all different steps along the way.

  2. Hillary Clinton:

    Is that the equivalent of a rope we have up here? i think it should come down. I don't want anybody to be...stressed.

  3. Mines Minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi:

    I had hoped we can reach a point where it says 'I promise to pay the bearer in platinum equivalent' to add to the basket, so we are looking at internal promotion.

  4. Andrew Karp:

    If they are swapping back into dollars in a floating rate equivalent, they care more about spread levels rather than rates. The movement in the basis swap continues to make dollars more attractive, and that trend should continue.

  5. The NFL players union:

    the repetitive use of a switch in this instance is the functional equivalent of a weapon, particularly in the hands of someone with the strength of an accomplished professional athlete.

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