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  1. dead weight

    • IPA[dɛdˈweɪt]


    • n.
      the weight of an inert person or thing;a heavy or oppressive burden
    • noun: deadweight, plural noun: deadweights

    • 釋義


    • 1. the weight of an inert person or thing he had to struggle while carrying forty-five pounds of deadweight on his back
    • a heavy or oppressive burden she'd drag my father's dead weight from wherever he'd fallen
    • the total weight of cargo, stores, etc. which a ship carries or can carry this will produce a maximum dead weight of 72,350 tons
    • another term for dead load
    • animals sold by the estimated weight of saleable meat that they will yield.
    • losses incurred because of the inefficient allocation of resources, especially through taxation or restriction a dead-weight burden
    • a debt not covered by assets.