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.
Whose voice an equal messenger
Conveyed thy meaning mild. --Emerson.
3. Not variable; equable; uniform; even; as, an equal movement. “An equal temper.”
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. [R.]
7. Math. Exactly agreeing with respect to quantity.
Equal temperament. Mus. See Temperament.
Syn: -- Even; equable; uniform; adequate; proportionate; commensurate; fair; just; equitable.
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. [Obs.]
E·qual, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Equaled or Equalled; p. pr. & vb. n. Equaling or Equalling.]
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.
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.
adj 1: well matched; having the same quantity, value, or measure as
another; "on equal terms"; "all men are equal before
the law" [ant: unequal]
2: equal in amount or value; "like amounts"; "equivalent
amounts"; "the same amount"; "gave one six blows and the
other a like number"; "an equal number"; "the same number"
[syn: like, equivalent, same] [ant: unlike]
n : a person who is of equal standing with another in a group
[syn: peer, match, compeer]
v 1: be identical or equivalent to; "One dollar equals 1,000
rubles these days!" [syn: be] [ant: differ]
2: 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" [syn: touch, rival, match]
3: 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" [syn: match, equalize, equalise, equate]
[also: equalling, equalled]