Dead-weight

dead weight

noun
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.
Also, deadweight.


Origin:
1650–60

Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To dead-weight
Collins
World English Dictionary
dead weight
 
n
1.  a heavy weight or load
2.  an oppressive burden; encumbrance
3.  the difference between the loaded and the unloaded weights of a ship
4.  another name for dead load
5.  (in shipping) freight chargeable by weight rather than by bulk

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Related Words
Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature