Definition of Dead weight

1. Noun. An oppressive encumbrance.

Generic synonyms: Burden, Encumbrance, Incumbrance, Load, Onus

2. Noun. A heavy motionless weight.
Generic synonyms: Weight

Definition of Dead weight

1. Noun. unremitting heavy weight that does not move ¹

2. Noun. (idiomatic) that which is useless or excess; that which slows something down ¹

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dead weight (current term)
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Literary usage of Dead weight

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1. Proceedings by Natural Gas Association of America, Modern Language Association of America (1917)
"METHOD OF DETECTING LEAKING "DEAD-WEIGHT" SAFETY VALVES WHILE IN SERVICE. ... Much gas is lost by leakage of dead weight safety valves and a method or means ..."

2. Railway Economy: A Treatise on the New Art of Transport, Its Management by Dionysius Lardner (1850)
"To ascertain the dead weight - drawn by each engine, it is only necessary to know the average weight of each species of empty vehicle. ..."

3. Transactions by North of England Institute of Mining and Mechanical Engineers, Metallurgical Society of AIME. (1880)
"The core must necessarily be bored of a smaller diameter than the inside of the dead weight tube, through which it passes, forced up by the water current. ..."

4. The Contract of Affreightment as Expressed in Charter-parties and Bills of by Thomas Edward Scrutton (1893)
"The charterer tendered a cargo of 1500 tons dead weight, including less than 200 tons general cargo; and the actual measurement of the cargo tendered did ..."

5. The Strains in Framed Structures, with Numerous Practical Applications to by Augustus Jay Du Bois (1883)
"ESTIMATE OF THE dead weight. — In any given case « and q are given by (VII.) and (VI.). We also know m or the unit live load. But/, or the unit dead load, ..."

6. Principles of Ocean Transportation by Emory Richard Johnson, Grover Gerhardt Huebner (1918)
"Vessel tonnage is of four kinds: displacement, dead-weight, gross and net. Each has a definite meaning and each has its particular uses. ..."

7. The Adventures of a Blockade Runner by William Watson (1893)
"Third Voyage—Departure from Havana—A dead weight cargo—Heavy weather—A chase—Loss of a topmast—Get into Galveston during a norther. HAVING got everything on ..."

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