• WordNet 3.6
    • n preponderance exceeding in heaviness; having greater weight "the least preponderance in either pan will unbalance the scale"
    • n preponderance a superiority in numbers or amount "a preponderance of evidence against the defendant"
    • n preponderance superiority in power or influence "the preponderance of good over evil","the preponderance of wealth and power"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Preponderance (Gun) The excess of weight of that part of a canon behind the trunnions over that in front of them.
    • Preponderance The quality or state of being preponderant; superiority or excess of weight, influence, or power, etc.; an outweighing. "The mind should . . . reject or receive proportionably to the preponderancy of the greater grounds of probability.""In a few weeks he had changed the relative position of all the states in Europe, and had restored the equilibrium which the preponderance of one power had destroyed."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n preponderance The state or quality of preponderating or outweighing; superiority in weight: as, preponderance of metal.
    • n preponderance Superiority in force, influence, quantity, or number; predominance.
    • n preponderance In gunnery, the excess of weight of that part of a gun which is to the rear of the trunnions over that in front of them. It is measured by the force, expressed in pounds, which must be applied under the rear end of the base-ring or neck of the cascabel in order to balance the gun exactly with the axis of the bore horizontal, when supported freely on knife-edges placed under the trunnions.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Preponderance power or state of outweighing: excess of weight, number, or quantity: predominance
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. prépondérance,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. præ, before, ponderāre, -ātum, to weigh—pondus, a weight.


In literature:

And they cannot, in one lifetime, get such a preponderance of wealth as to cause much envy from those lacking it.
"The Girl in the Golden Atom" by Raymond King Cummings
I was struck by the great preponderance of the black population.
"Journal of a Voyage to Brazil" by Maria Graham
Polk found his Cabinet divided on the subject of "all Mexico," with the preponderance of influence in favor of annexation.
"Expansion and Conflict" by William E. Dodd
This would have given the slave-holding states the preponderance in the Union.
"Travels and Adventures of Monsieur Violet" by Captain Marryat
Unquestionably, the economic interests are preponderant.
"Society" by Henry Kalloch Rowe
The style is a mixture of German and Italian, the former preponderating.
"The Violin" by George Hart
In that Council, as already mentioned, there was a preponderance of Reform members.
"The Story of the Upper Canada Rebellion, Volume 1" by John Charles Dent
That was possibly the preponderant influence in his mind.
"Despair's Last Journey" by David Christie Murray
This is the preponderating love of ease, a branch of self-love.
"The Philosophy of the Moral Feelings" by John Abercrombie
They were terrified, moreover, by the preponderance in number of their foes.
"The Swedish Revolution Under Gustavus Vasa" by Paul Barron Watson

In news:

Los Angeles was once known for our preponderance of programmatic buildings.
While I was driving past some of the thousands of construction sites around our valley, I couldn't help but notice a preponderance of two plants.
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A criminal defendant who seeks to have counsel appointed at public expense bears the burden of proving indigency by a preponderance of the evidence, the Supreme Judicial Court has ruled.
"Almost everything, especially of government policy, is an inseparable compound of the two, so that our best judgment of the preponderance between them is continually demanded".
Urinary bladder pheochromocytoma has no sex predilection, but there is a slight female preponderance.1,2 Childhood pheochromocytomas are more commonly multicentric and extra adrenal and only 2% of these pheochromocytomas are malignant.2.
As I was driving down a busy street in St Paul last week, I noticed among the preponderance of political yard signs that one stood out.
Are you intimidated by the preponderance of video geek terminology.
Though one will note a preponderance of animal renderings in the Los Muros Hablan renderings, it wasn't all frogs and frog -killers in the Santurce streets.
The vast preponderance of news reporting about Hollywood concerns the weekly box-office race.
We have described a case of erosive osteoarthritis in 3 generations of women that supports a strong genetic component and female preponderance of the disease.
As I was driving down a busy street in St Paul, Minn. Last week, I noticed among the preponderance of political yard signs that one stood out.
The suggestion by defense council that this was consensual is preponderous .
The overwhelming preponderous of the evidence indicates that's mistaken.
Metzler says the preponderance of low-end wines has harmed sherry 's image, obscuring the visibility of quality products on the market.

In science:

At small times, we can see the preponderance of K o ’s.
Workshop Summary
These models tend to lead to a preponderance of photons in the final state, but they can also lead to relatively long lifetimes for some of the sparticles.
XXXVIIi\'eme Rencontres de Moriond: Electroweak 2002 Conference Summary
The preponderance of negative velocity gas at high pressures probably arises from material compressed by mass flows from the target stars or their neighbors in the early-type stellar associations.
Evidence and Implications of Pressure Fluctuations in the ISM
If the null lengths were distr ibuted in a Poissonian fashion, we would find a preponderance of one-pulse nulls and very few longer ones.
Radio Pulsars
However, the situation dramatically improved as we proceeded to NLO, where our default predictions, endowed with theoretical uncertainties estimated by moderate unphysical-scale variations, led to a satisfactory description of the HERA data in the preponderant part of the accessed phase space.
Inclusive Production of Single Hadrons with Finite Transverse Momenta in Deep-Inelastic Scattering at Next-to-Leading Order