dead+weight

  • 1 Dead weight — Dead Dead (d[e^]d), a. [OE. ded, dead, deed, AS. de[ a]d; akin to OS. d[=o]d, D. dood, G. todt, tot, Icel. dau[eth]r, Sw. & Dan. d[ o]d, Goth. daubs; prop. p. p. of an old verb meaning to die. See {Die}, and cf. {Death}.] 1. Deprived of life;… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 Dead weight — Weight Weight, n. [OE. weght, wight, AS. gewiht; akin to D. gewigt, G. gewicht, Icel. v[ae]tt, Sw. vigt, Dan. v[ae]gt. See {Weigh}, v. t.] [1913 Webster] 1. The quality of being heavy; that property of bodies by which they tend toward the center… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 dead weight — dead weights 1) N COUNT A dead weight is a load which is surprisingly heavy and difficult to lift. He hoisted the dead weight over his shoulder. 2) N COUNT: usu sing You can refer to something that makes change or progress difficult as a dead… …

    English dictionary

  • 4 dead weight — dead′ weight′ or dead′weight′ n. 1) the heavy, unrelieved weight of anything inert 2) a heavy burden or responsibility • Etymology: 1650–60 …

    From formal English to slang

  • 5 dead weight — n. 1. the weight of an inert person or thing 2. a heavy or oppressive burden 3. the weight of a vehicle without a load 4. DEAD LOAD …

    English World dictionary

  • 6 dead-weight — deadˈ weightˈ noun 1. Unrelieved weight 2. Heavy and oppressive burden 3. Difference in a ship s displacement loaded and light • • • Main Entry: ↑dead …

    Useful english dictionary

  • 7 dead weight — noun 1. ) count something that is very heavy and difficult to lift or carry a ) someone who cannot be lifted easily because they are sleeping, unconscious, or dead 2. ) singular something that makes it difficult for development, progress, or… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 8 dead weight — UK / US noun Word forms dead weight : singular dead weight plural dead weights 1) a) [countable] something that is very heavy and difficult to lift or carry b) someone who cannot be lifted easily because they are sleeping, unconscious, or dead 2) …

    English dictionary

  • 9 dead weight — 1. the heavy, unrelieved weight of anything inert: The dead weight of the bear s body was over 300 pounds. 2. a heavy or oppressive burden or responsibility. 3. the weight of a railroad car, truck, etc., as distinct from its load or contents.… …

    Universalium

  • 10 dead weight — noun a) unremitting heavy weight that does not move She wants to shed the dead weight of so many stacks of old clutter. b) that which is useless or excess; that which slows something down …

    Wiktionary

  • 11 dead weight — /dɛd ˈweɪt/ (say ded wayt) noun 1. the heavy, unrelieved weight of anything inert. 2. a heavy or oppressive burden. 3. Nautical the difference in weight, displacement, etc., between a ship or other vehicle when loaded and when empty. Abbrev.: dwt …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 12 dead weight — noun 1. an oppressive encumbrance • Hypernyms: ↑burden, ↑load, ↑encumbrance, ↑incumbrance, ↑onus 2. a heavy motionless weight • Hypernyms: ↑weight …

    Useful english dictionary

  • 13 dead weight — heavy burden; weight of a railroad car without cargo …

    English contemporary dictionary

  • 14 dead|weight ton — dead weight ton, or dead|weight ton «DEHD WAYT» a long ton (2,240 pounds) used in calculating dead weight tonnage …

    Useful english dictionary

  • 15 dead weight ton — dead weight ton, or dead|weight ton «DEHD WAYT» a long ton (2,240 pounds) used in calculating dead weight tonnage …

    Useful english dictionary

  • 16 dead weight tonnage — dead weight tonnage, or deadweight tonnage, the capacity in long tons of the cargo, crew, passengers, fuel, supplies, and spare parts of a merchant ship: »Dead weight tonnage in cargo ships almost always exceeds gross tonnage (New York Times) …

    Useful english dictionary

  • 17 dead-weight hallucination —    A term introduced in or shortly before 1951 by the American neurologist Caro W. Lippman (1886 1954) to denote a kinaesthetic hallucination characterized by a subjective sensation of being pulled down to the ground. As noted by one of Lippman s …

    Dictionary of Hallucinations

  • 18 (a) dead weight — 1. if someone is a dead weight, they are very heavy and difficult to carry, often because they are not conscious. Tom was a dead weight and her muscles ached as she carried him upstairs. 2. something or someone who prevents other people from… …

    New idioms dictionary

  • 19 Dead — (d[e^]d), a. [OE. ded, dead, deed, AS. de[ a]d; akin to OS. d[=o]d, D. dood, G. todt, tot, Icel. dau[eth]r, Sw. & Dan. d[ o]d, Goth. daubs; prop. p. p. of an old verb meaning to die. See {Die}, and cf. {Death}.] 1. Deprived of life; opposed to… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 20 Dead ahead — Dead Dead (d[e^]d), a. [OE. ded, dead, deed, AS. de[ a]d; akin to OS. d[=o]d, D. dood, G. todt, tot, Icel. dau[eth]r, Sw. & Dan. d[ o]d, Goth. daubs; prop. p. p. of an old verb meaning to die. See {Die}, and cf. {Death}.] 1. Deprived of life;… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English


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