Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The property of being ponderable; the property of having weight.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The quality or state of being ponderable.

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  • noun The quality or state of being ponderable.

Etymologies

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Compare French pondérabilité.

Examples

  • We, on the contrary, are led to recognize in heat a fourth condition into which matter may pass on leaving the three ponderable conditions, and out of which it may emerge on the way to ponderability.

    Man or Matter

  • Exposed to heat, however, physical substance loses this feature to the extent that at the border of its ponderability all matter becomes pervious to light.

    Man or Matter

  • Here also are found the insignificant lightness of the pebble and the mighty lightness of the planet; while between them range the weighty masses, superior to the petty ponderability of the one, and unequal to the firmamental float of the other.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 09, No. 51, January, 1862

  • Far from being an accumulation of ponderable matter in a state of extremely high temperature, as science supposes, the sun represents the very opposite of ponderability.

    Man or Matter

  • Substance, however, is to be widely distinguished from ponderability.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 09, No. 51, January, 1862

  • Presently two hobbardyhoys made the ascent of this platform with their attendant myrmidons, and did proceed to remove their trouserings and coats until they were in the state of nature with the exception of a loincloth, whereupon the President or Master of the Ceremonies introduced them and their respective partisans by name to the assemblage, stating their precise ponderability, and that these juvenile antagonists were fraternally related by ties of brotherhood.

    Baboo Jabberjee, B.A.

  • Why should matter be pronounced respectable in the inverse ratio of its density or ponderability?

    The Unseen World, and Other Essays

  • Why should matter be pronounced respectable in the inverse ratio of its density or ponderability?

    The Unseen World and Other Essays

  • For a moment he actually hated this vulgar treasure that had forever buried under its gross ponderability the light and careless past, and utterly crushed out the poetry of their old, indolent, happy existence.

    On the Frontier

  • Between science and nescience the difference seems to his mind little, if _n e_, and he would accept as perfectly satisfactory a statement that "the ponderability of air in a vitreous table-tipping medium (the abnormal variation being assumed as $ x-b

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 06, No. 35, September, 1860

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