Definition of Equal

a.1.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.
2.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.
- Clarendon.
It is not permitted to me to make my commendations equal to your merit.
- Dryden.
3.Not variable; equable; uniform; even; as, an equal movement.
4.Evenly balanced; not unduly inclining to either side; characterized by fairness; unbiased; impartial; equitable; just.
Are not my ways equal?
- Ezek. xviii. 29.
Thee, O Jove, no equal judge I deem.
- Spenser.
Nor think it equal to answer deliberate reason with sudden heat and noise.
- Milton.
5.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.
- Cheyne.
6.(Mus.) Intended for voices of one kind only, either all male or all female; - opposed to mixed.
7.(Math.) Exactly agreeing with respect to quantity.
Equal temperament
(Mus.) See Temperament.
n.1.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.
- Addison.
2.State of being equal; equality.
v. t.1.To be or become equal to; to have the same quantity, the same value, the same degree or rank, or the like, with; to be commen urate with.
[imp. & p. p. Equaled or Equalled; p. pr. & vb. n. Equaling or Equalling.]
On me whose all not equals Edward's moiety.
- Shak.
2.To make equal return to; to recompense fully.
Who answered all her cares, and equaled all her love.
- Dryden.
3.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.
- Berkeley.

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