• WordNet 3.6
    • adj equal having the requisite qualities or resources to meet a task "she had adequate training","her training was adequate","she was adequate to the job","he was equal to the task"
    • adj equal having the same quantity, value, or measure as another "on equal terms","all men are equal before the law"
    • v equal 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 equal be identical or equivalent to "One dollar equals 1,000 rubles these days!"
    • v equal 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"
    • n equal a person who is of equal standing with another in a group
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The world population of chickens is about equal to the number of people
    • Equal 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.
    • Equal 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.""It is not permitted to me to make my commendations equal to your merit.""Whose voice an equal messenger
      Conveyed thy meaning mild."
    • Equal Evenly balanced; not unduly inclining to either side; characterized by fairness; unbiased; impartial; equitable; just. "Are not my ways equal ?""Thee, O Jove, no equal judge I deem.""Nor think it equal to answer deliberate reason with sudden heat and noise."
    • Equal (Math) Exactly agreeing with respect to quantity.
    • Equal (Mus) Intended for voices of one kind only, either all male or all female; -- opposed to mixed.
    • Equal Not variable; equable; uniform; even; as, an equal movement. "An equal temper."
    • Equal 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."
    • Equal 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."
    • Equal State of being equal; equality.
    • Equal To be or become equal to; to have the same quantity, the same value, the same degree or rank, or the like, with; "On me whose all not equals Edward's moiety."
    • Equal 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."
    • Equal To make equal return to; to recompense fully. "Who answered all her cares, and equaled all her love."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: If someone was to fly once around the surface of the moon, it would be equal to a round trip from New York to London
    • equal Having one measure; the same in magnitude, quantity, degree, amount, worth, value, or excellence. Thus, two collections of objects are equal in number when the operation of counting, applied to the two, ends with the same number; two lengths are equal when either will cover the other; two stars appear of equal brightness when the eye can detect no difference between them in this respect. Quantities of two or more dimensions are equal only when they are equal in each dimension separately. Thus, two vectors are not necessarily equal because they are equal in length; it is necessary that they should also be parallel. It is therefore preferable not to speak of two forces (or anything else capable of representation by vectors) as equal, unless they are parallel. Nevertheless, the prevalent mathematical usage is, or has been until recently, to call two such things equal when their tensors or moduli are equal. On the other hand, common usage presents an opposite inconsistency in refusing to call geometrical figures (particularly triangles) equal unless they can be superposed. Euclid and some modern geometers make it an axiom that figures which can be superposed are equal; but others define equal figures as such as can be superposed.
    • equal Even; uniform; not variable; equable: as, an equal mind.
    • equal Having a just relation or proportion; correspondent; commensurate.
    • equal Impartial; not biased; just; equitable; not unduly favorable to any party: as, the terms and conditions of the contract are equal; equal laws.
    • equal Of the same interest or concern; of like moment or importance.
    • equal Adequate; having competent power, ability, or means: with to: as, the army was not equal to the contest; we are not equal to the undertaking.
    • equal Of the same rank or dignity; having a common level or standing; having the same rights, interests, etc.: as, we are all equal in the sight of God.
    • equal In botany, symmetrical, as applied to leaves and to various organs of cryptogams; of uniform thickness, as the stipe of an agaric.
    • equal In entomology, same as equate.
    • equal Synonyms Equable, regular, unvarying.
    • equal Proportionate, conformable, equivalent.
    • equal Fair, even-handed.
    • equal Fit, competent.
    • n equal One who or that which is not different in all or some respects from another; specifically, one who is not inferior or superior to another; a person having the same or a similar age, rank, station, office, talents, strength, etc.
    • n equal The state of being equal; equality.
    • equal Equally; in a manner equal (to).
    • equal To be or become equal to; be commensurate with; be as great as; correspond to or be on a level with in any respect; be adequate to: as, your share equals mine; no other dramatist equals Shakspere.
    • equal To make equivalent to; recompense fully; answer in full proportion.
    • equal To count or consider as equal; make comparable.
    • equal To be equal; match.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The herring is the most widely eaten fish in the world. Nutritionally its fuel value is that equal to that of a beefsteak.
    • adj Equal ē′kwal identical: of the same value: adequate: in just proportion: fit: equable: uniform: equitable: evenly balanced: just
    • n Equal one of the same age, rank, &c
    • v.t Equal to be, or to make, equal to:—pr.p. ē′qualling; pa.p. ē′qualled
    • n Equal an instrument for observing and following a celestial body in any part of its diurnal course
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  • Gerald Barzan
    Gerald Barzan
    “Forty for you, sixty for me And equal partners we will be”
  • Dale Carnegie
    “You are merely not feeling equal to the tasks before you.”
  • Adrienne Rich
    “Only to have a grief equal to all these tears!”
  • Edward Gibbon
    “I am indeed rich, since my income is superior to my expenses, and my expense is equal to my wishes.”
  • Aristotle
    “The worst form of inequality is to try to make unequal things equal.”
  • Anna Chennault
    Anna Chennault
    “Equal opportunity is good, but special privilege is better.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. aequalis, fr. aequus, even, equal; akin to Skr. ka, and perh. to L. unus, for older oinos, one, E. one,


In literature:

The other vessels, in an equally bad plight, were not long in regaining her.
"Celebrated Travels and Travellers" by Jules Verne
Equally characteristic is the faith in the 'political machine.
"The English Utilitarians, Volume II (of 3)" by Leslie Stephen
He was equal with God before He left the heavens; He became the equal of man in His sojourn in the world.
"Autobiography of Frank G. Allen, Minister of the Gospel" by Frank G. Allen
Is truth which can be so easily changed equally easy to re-establish?
"My Recollections of Lord Byron" by Teresa Guiccioli
Soil, composed of garden loam, sand, and well-rotted manure in equal proportions.
"Ontario Teachers' Manuals: Nature Study" by Ontario Ministry of Education
The application of a little glycerine or fatty matter, in the way just indicated, would have been equally effective.
"The Ladies Book of Useful Information" by Anonymous
All Parts of target equally important.= All parts of the target are equally important.
"Manual of Military Training" by James A. Moss
His Excellency, with equal politeness, regretted his want of complete familiarity with French.
"The Dodge Club" by James De Mille
It is the theory of equality.
"What I Saw in America" by G. K. Chesterton
Very obviously, however, all men are not equal before the law, and they are not equal by nature.
"The Cult of Incompetence" by Emile Faguet

In poetry:

There 's but one God,
Equal in the power exerted,
Equal in the state and glory;
For . . .
"The Two Lovers Of Heaven: Chrysanthus And Daria - Act I" by Denis Florence MacCarthy
Yet, everlasting God,
We love to speak thy praise;
Thy sceptre's equal to thy rod,
The sceptre of thy grace.
"Hymn 80" by Isaac Watts
His cov'nant, which he kept in mind
For num'rous ages past,
To num'rous ages yet behind
In equal force shall last.
"PSALM 105 Abridged" by Isaac Watts
Built up of our larger hope,
Of equal laws and equal right,
His home shall only oceans bind,
Nor ages quench his light.
" The Patriot's Birthplace" by Annie Adams Fields
Glancing back through serried ranges,
Vivid as his own phalanges,
Every captain might espy
Equal host in sculpture vie;
"Lita of the Nile" by Richard Doddridge Blackmore
True, I love
Liebhaid von Orb, but 't is the honest passion
Wherewith a knight leads home his equal wife.
"The Dance To Death. Act II" by Emma Lazarus

In news:

In Communist China , women officially equal but lagging far behind politically.
Equal values can be measured along any axis).
Politicians take for granted that education is the road to empowerment and equality.
In a society of equals, garbage is everyone's business.
The numbers are about equal to the week before the shooting.
"Our government is founded upon the great truth that the negro is not equal to the white man"- Confederate Vice President Alexander Stephens.
After surviving years of gender-based violence as a weapon of war, grassroots activists from Eastern Congo developed a list of twelve demands for equality and justice.
Two very different but equally engaging solo exhibitions of paintings by artists expatriated from Romania and Russia shed light on a part of Europe that for all of its touted recent openness remains mysterious.
One participant supported making bullying a part of a person's permanent record, noting that the psychological penalties for victims are equally long-lasting.
As the Dow Jones industrial average was beginning to tumble, the fashion world gathered in Paris to look at clothes whose costs would equal the value of a modest portfolio.
Not All Cookware Is Created Equal.
A study finds the future of the Caribbean's failing coral reef s tied to fish with an equally uncertain future.
Dear Evil HR Lady, There are two of us in equal positions at my office.
Let's reelect Obama/Biden and approve marriage equality in Washington state.

In science:

E ) is the wave length corresponding to the energy E ; the equality sign realizes in the case when the lines have equal flux.
Paraxial propagation of a quantum charge in a random magnetic field
For example, the identity matrix has λz−1 equal to (1n ) and all other λφ equal to the emptyset.
Random matrix theory over finite fields: a survey
For instance the characteristic polynomial of α ∈ GL(n, q) is equal to Qφ φ|λφ (α)| and the minimal polynomial of α is equal to Qφ φ|λφ,1 (α)| .
Random matrix theory over finite fields: a survey
In other words, the description of F by linear equalities and inequalities is obtained from that of G by changing zero or more inequalities to equalities.
Semigroups, rings, and Markov chains
In this case, with probability 1, the random graph becomes complete and the matrix M is equal to J − I d, where I d is the N ×N identity matrix and J is the N × N matrix with all entries equal to 1.
Random incidence matrices: moments of the spectral density