Pronunciation: (ē'kwul), [key]
—adj., n., v., e•qualed, e•qual•ing or (esp. Brit.) e•qualled, e•qual•ling.
1. as great as; the same as (often fol. by to or with): The velocity of sound is not equal to that of light.
2. like or alike in quantity, degree, value, etc.; of the same rank, ability, merit, etc.: two students of equal brilliance.
3. evenly proportioned or balanced: an equal contest.
4. uniform in operation or effect: equal laws.
5. adequate or sufficient in quantity or degree: The supply is equal to the demand.
6. having adequate powers, ability, or means: He was equal to the task.
7. level, as a plain.
8. tranquil or undisturbed: to confront death with an equal mind.
9. impartial or equitable.
a person or thing that is equal.
1. to be or become equal to; meet or match: So far the rate of production doesn't equal the demand. If A equals B and B equals C, then A equals C.
2. to make or do something equal to: No matter how he tries, he can't equal his brother's achievements.
3. Archaic.to make equal; equalize.
4. Obs.to recompense fully.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.