E*quiv"a*lence (?), n. [Cf. F. 'equivalence, LL. aequivalentia.]


The condition of being equivalent or equal; equality of worth, value, signification, or force; as, an equivalence of definitions.


Equal power or force; equivalent amount.

3. Chem. (a)

The quantity of the combining power of an atom, expressed in hydrogen units; the number of hydrogen atoms can combine with, or be exchanged for; valency. See Valence.


The degree of combining power as determined by relative weight. See Equivalent, n., 2.



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E*quiv"a*lence, v. t.

To be equivalent or equal to; to counterbalance.


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