Definition of dead load in English:

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dead load

noun

The intrinsic weight of a structure or vehicle, excluding the weight of passengers or goods: a jacking operation to transfer 4000 t of the tower’s 6000 t dead load to underlying chalk bedrock Often contrasted with live load.
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  • Footings or piers may also be assigned a minimum dead load pressure to resist uplift of low-swelling soils.
  • A full structural analysis is required to determine whether it is necessary to underpin the foundations to resist the additional dead loads.
  • The research undertaken was applied to the architect's design, with analysis of rafter self-weight, and theoretical dead loads of bamboo sheeting and live loads representing rain and maintenance.
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