deadweight

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

dead +‎ weight

Noun[edit]

deadweight (plural deadweights)

  1. The largest weight of cargo a ship is able to carry; i.e, the weight of a ship when fully loaded minus its weight when empty.
  2. A useless, usually encumbering factor.

Adjective[edit]

deadweight (comparative more deadweight, superlative most deadweight)

  1. (sports, billiards, snooker, pool) Describes a shot with exact, precise pace to leave the balls in the perfect position. Usually just touching a cushion or very close to another ball.