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See also: équivalent
- æquivalent (archaic)
- Similar or identical in value, meaning or effect; virtually equal.
- For now to serve and to minister, servile and ministerial, are terms equivalent.
2012 March 1, Henry Petroski, “Opening Doors”, American Scientist, volume 100, number 2, page 112-3:
- A doorknob of whatever roundish shape is effectively a continuum of levers, with the axis of the latching mechanism—known as the spindle—being the fulcrum about which the turning takes place. Applying a force tangential to the knob is essentially equivalent to applying one perpendicular to a radial line defining the lever.
- (mathematics) Of two sets, having a one-to-one relationship.
- (mathematics) Relating to the corresponding elements of an equivalence relation.
- (chemistry) Having the equal ability to combine.
- (cartography) Of a map, equal-area.
- (geometry) Equal in measure but not admitting of superposition; applied to magnitudes.
- A square may be equivalent to a triangle.
- In mathematics, this adjective can be used in phrases like "A and B are equivalent", "A is equivalent to B", and, less commonly, "A is equivalent with B".
similar or identical in value
of two sets, having a one-to-one relationship
relating to the corresponding elements of an equivalence relation
equal-area — see equal-area
equivalent (plural equivalents)
- Anything that is virtually equal to something else, or has the same value, force, etc.
- He owned that, if the Test Act were repealed, the Protestants were entitled to some equivalent.
- (chemistry) An equivalent weight.
anything that is virtually equal to something else
equivalent (not comparable)