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deadbeat

Physics
a. (of a system) returning to an equilibrium position with little or no oscillation
b. (of an instrument or indicator) indicating a true reading without oscillation
Collins Discovery Encyclopedia, 1st edition © HarperCollins Publishers 2005

deadbeat

[′ded‚bēt]
(mechanics)
Coming to rest without vibration or oscillation, as when the pointer of a meter moves to a new position without overshooting. Also known as deadbeat response.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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What about those double deadbeats who steal the insurance checks?
Though "deadbeat dads" are often pictured as high-flying playboys, the Federal Office of Child Support Enforcement's own data showed even before the recession that over two-thirds of "deadbeat dads" earned poverty-level wages, and only 4 percent earned even $40,000 a year.
Ontario announced recently that it would post on a website the names and photographs of "deadbeat" parents--those who owe child support arrears--in the hope of embarrassing them into paying.
There was always the danger for these banks and credit card companies, after all, that scads of minimum balance paying deadbeats would just bail out at some point if doctor bills or disability did them in.
These are imaginative tales, set along "Short Street" where junkies, drunks, deadbeats and worse are neighbors live alongside decent people struggling to survive and intractibly stubborn individuals.
Diet members' failure to pay their pension premiums has been in the spotlight since April 23, when three Cabinet members admitted to being pension deadbeats.
"He knows my boss hates deadbeats, and he wrote that letter to coerce me into paying his unfair bill," Maizie said tearfully.
* the "deadbeat dad" database (a poster child for the inevitable mission creep of all government databases, it has already expanded in just a few years to be used to track down student loan deadbeats and unemployment cheats);
So, toward the end of the play, when Handke hurled insults at "us," we were more delighted by the word play ("You bubbleheads, you atheists, you butchers, you deadbeats") than hurt or shocked.
To take the anti-fraud message to the public, the organizations relied on the joint anti-fraud web site, consumer awareness brochures, and a chapter grass-roots campaign, which featured an "Insurance Cheats Are Deadbeats" presentation.
Both John Major and Tony Blair have given peerages and knighthoods to useless deadbeats. Many other winners of honours have already pocketed vast fortunes from sport, so-called music and industry.
Business owners and other service providers should take precautions to protect themselves from deadbeats. Tolman has noticed a significant drop in his number of deadbeat clients since he started demanding money up front.