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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 E·quate v. t. [imp. & p. p. Equated; p. pr. & vb. n. Equating.]  To make equal; to reduce to an average; to make such an allowance or correction in as will reduce to a common standard of comparison; to reduce to mean time or motion; as, to equate payments; to equate lines of railroad for grades or curves; equated distances.
    Palgrave gives both scrolle and scrowe and equates both to F[rench] rolle.   --Skeat (Etymol. Dict. ).
 Equating for grades Railroad Engin., adding to the measured distance one mile for each twenty feet of ascent.
 Equating for curves, adding half a mile for each 360 degrees of curvature.