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Webster 1913 Edition


Equalize

E′qual-ize

,
Verb.
T.
[
imp. & p. p.
Equalized
;
p. pr. & vb. n.
Equalizing
.]
[Cf. F.
égaliser
.]
1.
To make equal; to cause to correspond, or be like, in amount or degree as compared;
as, to
equalize
accounts, burdens, or taxes
.
One poor moment can suffice
To
equalize
the lofty and the low.
Wordsworth.
No system of instruction will completely
equalize
natural powers.
Whately.
2.
To pronounce equal; to compare as equal.
Which we
equalize
, and perhaps would willingly prefer to the Iliad.
Orrery.
3.
To be equal to; equal; to match.
[Obs.]
It could not
equalize
the hundredth part
Of what her eyes have kindled in my heart.
Waller.
Equalizing bar
(Railroad Mach.)
,
a lever connecting two axle boxes, or two springs in a car truck or locomotive, to equalize the pressure on the axles.

Webster 1828 Edition


Equalize

E'QUALIZE

,
Verb.
T.
To make equal; as, to equalize accounts; to equalize burdens or taxes.

Definition 2023


equalize

equalize

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equalize (third-person singular simple present equalizes, present participle equalizing, simple past and past participle equalized)

  1. (transitive) To make equal; to cause to correspond in amount or degree.
    to equalize accounts, burdens, or taxes
    • Wordsworth
      One poor moment can suffice / To equalize the lofty and the low.
    • Whately
      No system of instruction will completely equalize natural powers.
  2. (obsolete, transitive) To be equal to; to equal, to rival. [16th-19th c.]
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, III.9:
      But a third kingdom yet is to arise / Out of the Trojans scattered ofspring, / That in all glory and great enterprise, / Both first and second Troy shall dare to equalise.
    • Milton
      polling the reformed churches whether they equalize in number those of his three kingdoms
  3. (intransitive, sports) To make the scoreline equal by scoring points. [from 20th c.]
  4. (underwater diving) To clear the ears to balance the pressure in the middle ear with the outside pressure by letting air enter along the Eustachian tubes.
  5. (category theory) Said of a morphism: to pre-compose with each of a parallel pair of morphisms so as to yield the same composite morphism.

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