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dead weight

1. the difference between the loaded and the unloaded weights of a ship
2. another name for dead load
3. (in shipping) freight chargeable by weight rather than by bulk
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dead load

1. The weight of a structure itself, including the weight of fixtures or equipment permanently attached to it. Compare with live load.
2. The load imposed on a pipe located in a trench and covered by infill; depends on the depth and width of the trench, and the density and character of the infill material.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Architecture and Construction. Copyright © 2003 by McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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