- the weight of an inert person or thing
- a heavy or oppressive burden
- the weight of a vehicle without a load
- dead load
See dead weight in American Heritage Dictionary 4
or dead·weight noun
- The unrelieved weight of a heavy, motionless mass.
- An oppressive burden or difficulty.
- Abbr. DW The fixed weight of a structure or piece of equipment, such as a bridge on its supports. Also called dead load.
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