Equal E"qual, a. [L. aequalis, fr. aequus even, equal; akin to Skr. ?ka, and perh. to L. unus for older oinos one, E. one.] 1. Agreeing in quantity, size, quality, degree, value, etc.; having the same magnitude, the same value, the same degree, etc.; -- applied to number, degree, quantity, and intensity, and to any subject which admits of them; neither inferior nor superior, greater nor less, better nor worse; corresponding; alike; as, equal quantities of land, water, etc.; houses of equal size; persons of equal stature or talents; commodities of equal value. [1913 Webster]

2. Bearing a suitable relation; of just proportion; having competent power, abilities, or means; adequate; as, he is not equal to the task. [1913 Webster]

The Scots trusted not their own numbers as equal to fight with the English. --Clarendon. [1913 Webster]

It is not permitted to me to make my commendations equal to your merit. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

Whose voice an equal messenger Conveyed thy meaning mild. --Emerson. [1913 Webster]

3. Not variable; equable; uniform; even; as, an equal movement. ``An equal temper.'' --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

4. Evenly balanced; not unduly inclining to either side; characterized by fairness; unbiased; impartial; equitable; just. [1913 Webster]

Are not my ways equal? --Ezek. xviii. 29. [1913 Webster]

Thee, O Jove, no equal judge I deem. --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

Nor think it equal to answer deliberate reason with sudden heat and noise. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

5. Of the same interest or concern; indifferent. [1913 Webster]

They who are not disposed to receive them may let them alone or reject them; it is equal to me. --Cheyne. [1913 Webster]

6. (Mus.) Intended for voices of one kind only, either all male or all female; -- opposed to {mixed}. [R.] [1913 Webster]

7. (Math.) Exactly agreeing with respect to quantity. [1913 Webster]

{Equal temperament}. (Mus.) See {Temperament}.

Syn: Even; equable; uniform; adequate; proportionate; commensurate; fair; just; equitable. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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