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EQUIVALENT

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does equivalent mean? 

EQUIVALENT (noun)
  The noun EQUIVALENT has 2 senses:

1. a person or thing equal to another in value or measure or force or effect or significance etc
2. 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

  Familiarity information: EQUIVALENT used as a noun is rare.


EQUIVALENT (adjective)
  The adjective EQUIVALENT has 2 senses:

1. equal in amount or value
2. being essentially equal to something

  Familiarity information: EQUIVALENT used as an adjective is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


EQUIVALENT (noun)


Sense 1equivalent [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A person or thing equal to another in value or measure or force or effect or significance etc

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Context example:

send two dollars or the equivalent in stamps

Hypernyms ("equivalent" is a kind of...):

cognition; knowledge; noesis (the psychological result of perception and learning and reasoning)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "equivalent"):

counterpart; opposite number; vis-a-vis (a person or thing having the same function or characteristics as another)

replacement; substitute (a person or thing that takes or can take the place of another)


Sense 2equivalent [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Synonyms:

combining weight; eq; equivalent weight; equivalent

Hypernyms ("equivalent" is a kind of...):

atomic weight; relative atomic mass ((chemistry) the ratio of the atomic mass of an element to half the atomic mass of carbon)


EQUIVALENT (adjective)


Sense 1equivalent [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Equal in amount or value

Synonyms:

equivalent; equal; like; same

Context examples:

like amounts / equivalent amounts / the same amount / gave one six blows and the other a like number / an equal number / the same number


Sense 2equivalent [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Being essentially equal to something

Synonyms:

tantamount; equivalent

Context examples:

it was as good as gold / a wish that was equivalent to a command / his statement was tantamount to an admission of guilt

Similar:

equal (well matched; having the same quantity, value, or measure as another)


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