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Difference between Dead weight and Live weight

dead weight

1. (also: dead load) the fixed weight of a structure (such as a bridge on its supports):

  • This inefficient use of material contributes substantially to the dead weight of the structure itself.

2. a heavy or oppressive burden:

  • The dead weight of this legacy has grown heavier from generation to generation. The classical precepts have come to be a millstone round the neck…

live weight—the weight of an animal before being slaughtered:

  • Live weight changes of calves were calculated as average daily gain for the June to October period.