dead weight

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n dead weight a heavy motionless weight
    • n dead weight an oppressive encumbrance
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Dead weight (Shipping) A heavy or oppressive burden.
    • Dead weight etc. See under Dead Feather, etc.
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Quotations

  • Howard M. Jones
    Howard M. Jones
    “I, for one, hope that youth will again revolt and again demoralize the dead weight of conformity that now lies upon us.”

Usage

In literature:

But Eugene did not mean to be burdened with a dead weight all his life.
"Floyd Grandon's Honor" by Amanda Minnie Douglas
His work was done in face of a dead weight of senseless but powerful opposition, all of which he had to undermine and overcome.
"1914" by John French, Viscount of Ypres
It was a heavy, crushing feeling; a dead weight always bearing him down.
"Seven Little People and their Friends" by Horace Elisha Scudder
Robert felt her arms relaxing, felt the dead weight of her form against him.
"Robert Elsmere" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
It was just the time for anxious troubled thought, and the gold lay like a dead weight upon my conscience.
"The Golden Magnet" by George Manville Fenn
But in his own uncertainty, he didn't want to be carrying any dead weight, in the form of a dependent individual.
"The Planet Strappers" by Raymond Zinke Gallun
The past was dead, crushed beneath a century's weight, and from the present I was shut out.
"Looking Backward" by Edward Bellamy
Delicate shoulders, to carry the dead weight that hangs on them.
"Fernley House" by Laura E. Richards
The fundholder was a weight upon all industry, and as dead a weight as the landlord.
"The English Utilitarians, Volume II (of 3)" by Leslie Stephen
As if I could throw such a dead weight on any one's hands!
"Hopes and Fears scenes from the life of a spinster" by Charlotte M. Yonge
And now he allowed the hunter to lift him off the ground, then he let his muscles relax, his dead weight falling in his opponent's arms.
"Far Past the Frontier" by James A. Braden
He'd never carry such a heavy weight as me, and my cob is dead beat.
"Vixen, Volume I." by M. E. Braddon
The first ten feet came over the gunwale without any resistance; then he had to surge against the sag of a dead weight.
"Jim Spurling, Fisherman" by Albert Walter Tolman
We came to the surface several times and then sank again, owing to the dead weight of my helpless companions.
"An Explorer's Adventures in Tibet" by A. Henry Savage Landor
Dick was writhing on the ground beneath the weight of a dead man and a fellow who was trying to suffocate him.
"The Dodge Club" by James De Mille
It looked like a pale, rayless surface, and a deadly weight seemed to hang upon her limbs.
"Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen" by Hans Christian Andersen
Jane, still entranced, saw Cleigh stoop and put his arms under the body of his son, heave, and stand up under the dead weight.
"The Pagan Madonna" by Harold MacGrath
Before he could get the exhausted lad to the hut, he had become a dead weight in Walter's arms.
"The Boy Chums in the Forest" by Wilmer M. Ely
They were about equally good scholars, neither of them being a dead weight upon the other.
"The History of Dartmouth College" by Baxter Perry Smith
And thus the patriots have the dead weight to support, and are wholly unsupported.
"Diary from November 12, 1862, to October 18, 1863" by Adam Gurowski
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In poetry:

Had not thy word been my delight
When earthly joys were fled,
My soul, oppressed with sorrow's weight
Had sunk amongst the dead.
"Psalm 119 part 14" by Isaac Watts
Then William shriek'd; the hand he touch'd
Was cold and damp and dead!
He felt young Edmund in his arms
A heavier weight than lead.
"Lord William" by Robert Southey
"Three paces brought us side by side,
I had turn'd to the pale watch light,
When it lean'd, O heaven ! upon my arm,
Its dull and deadly weight !
"The Penitent's Confession" by Anne Bannerman
She's a dead weight, a bosom-pain,
A ceaseless drop, a shameful stain,
A snake that stings, a yoke that galls:
Woe worth the Wight to whom she falls!
"Advice To A Young Man, Before He Goes A Courting" by Rees Prichard
There were friends--but their love is departed and dead,
And alone must the tear-drop disconsolate start,
All the beauty of Life, all its sweetness is fled,
Oh, who shall unburden this weight at my heart!
"Alone" by Lennox Amott
Far o'er the gray-green waters goes sound of gull and gale;
White caps are on the breakers, and the sun on a patched sail:
But she lies lost and mouldered, with her captains swart and bold,
Dead in her gilded cabins, and weighted down with gold.
"The Lost Galleon" by Cicely Fox Smith

In news:

This week he reveals how to uncover dead-weight employees.
Find & Unload Your Dead Weight .
Officer Ray (Gary Basaraba) on NBC's "Boomtown": The rotund cop is dead weight , and as entertaining as athlete's foot, besides.
Find & Unload Your Dead Weight.
Julie Chen talks to Batt Humphreys, author of "Dead Weight," a new version of a century-old crime tale.
Pruning dead-weight characters is Kim-possible.
MOUNT HOPE — Both the trees and the neighborhoods of Mount Hope are shedding some dead weight this season.
Instead, professional stages the world over continue to groan under the weight of Simon's comedies, while Shue is--well, he's dead.
His ice pick felt like dead weight in his aching hand and the crampon spikes on the soles of his boots made walking even more painful.
"The word is going to get out there really quick when that guy I sold to wants to get it re-upped and it's dead weight," he said.
The Boston Red Sox have finally acknowledged what everyone else in the world had already figured out months ago – there was something wrong with their team and the only way to fix it was by unloading some dead weight and some large salaries.
In his second stint with the Mets (the one that would end with him playing cards with Rickey), he was pretty much dead weight.
Pinch Weights can get lost in the folds of your hands, but they turn soft- plastic jerk baits deadly.
They may be stuck with Oliver Perez, but the Mets are at least shedding some dead weight in the press box .
Deputies say firefighters were able to pull the weight bar off Williams' chest, but paramedics determined he was already dead.
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In science:

We denote a packet with weight w and relative dead line d by (w, d), where the relative deadline of a packet is, at any time, the number of steps after which it expires.
One to Rule Them All: a General Randomized Algorithm for Buffer Management with Bounded Delay
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