Definitions for: Equal


[n] a person who is of equal standing with another in a group
[adj] well matched; having the same quantity, value, or measure as another; "on equal terms"; "all men are equal before the law"
[adj] equal in amount or value; "like amounts"; "equivalent amounts"; "the same amount"; "gave one six blows and the other a like number"; "an equal number"; "the same number"
[v] make equal, uniform, corresponding, or matching; "let's equalize the duties among all employees in this office"; "The company matched the discount policy of its competitors"
[v] be identical or equivalent to; "One dollar equals 1,000 rubles these days!"
[v] be equal to in quality or ability; "Nothing can rival cotton for durability"; "Your performance doesn't even touch that of your colleagues"; "Her persistence and ambition only matches that of her parents"



Webster (1913) Definition: 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.

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

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

It is not permitted to me to make my commendations
equal to your merit. --Dryden.

Whose voice an equal messenger Conveyed thy meaning
mild. --Emerson.

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

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

Are not my ways equal? --Ezek. xviii.
29.

Thee, O Jove, no equal judge I deem. --Spenser.

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

5. Of the same interest or concern; indifferent.

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

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

7. (Math.) Exactly agreeing with respect to quantity.

Equal temperament. (Mus.) See Temperament.

Syn: Even; equable; uniform; adequate; proportionate;
commensurate; fair; just; equitable.


E"qual, n.
1. One not inferior or superior to another; one having the
same or a similar age, rank, station, office, talents,
strength, or other quality or condition; an equal quantity
or number; as, ``If equals be taken from equals the
remainders are equal.''

Those who were once his equals envy and defame him.
--Addison.

2. State of being equal; equality. [Obs.] --Spenser.


E"qual, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Equaledor Equalled; p.
pr. & vb. n. Equaling or Equalling.]
1. To be or become equal to; to have the same quantity, the
same value, the same degree or rank, or the like, with; to
be commen?urate with.

On me whose all not equals Edward's moiety. --Shak.

2. To make equal return to; to recompense fully.

Who answered all her cares, and equaled all her
love. --Dryden.

3. To make equal or equal to; to equalize; hence, to compare
or regard as equals; to put on equality.

He would not equal the mind that he found in himself
to the infinite and incomprehensible. --Berkeley.

Synonyms: as good as(p), as many(a), balanced, be, close, coequal, compeer, coordinate, equalise, equalised, equalize, equalized, equate, equidistant, equilateral, equivalent, equivalent(p), even, fifty-fifty, isometric, isometrical, isothermal, like, match, match, peer, quits, rival, tantamount(p), tied(p), tight, touch

Antonyms: differ, unequal, unlike

See Also: agree, alter, associate, backup, backup man, change, check, coeval, commensurate, comparable, compete, contemporary, contend, correspond, draw, equate, fill-in, fit, gibe, homogenise, homogenize, homologise, homologize, human, individual, jibe, match, mortal, peer group, person, relief, reliever, replacement, represent, same, somebody, someone, soul, stand for, stand-in, substitute, successor, tally, tie, townsman, translate, vie

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