Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Superiority in weight, force, importance, or influence.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Excess or superiority of weight, influence, or power, etc.; an outweighing.
  • n. The excess of weight of that part of a cannon behind the trunnions over that in front of them.
  • n. The greater portion of the weight.
  • n. The majority.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality or state of being preponderant; superiority or excess of weight, influence, or power, etc.; an outweighing.
  • n. The excess of weight of that part of a canon behind the trunnions over that in front of them.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state or quality of preponderating or outweighing; superiority in weight: as, preponderance of metal.
  • n. Superiority in force, influence, quantity, or number; predominance.
  • n. In gunnery, the excess of weight of that part of a gun which is to the rear of the trunnions over that in front of them.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. exceeding in heaviness; having greater weight
  • n. a superiority in numbers or amount
  • n. superiority in power or influence

Etymologies

From Latin praeponderare ("outweigh"), from prae- ("before") + ponderare ("to weigh") (Wiktionary)

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  • the preponderance of black population has immigrated from south to north.

    February 18, 2012