- an amount owed by a contractor who charters space in a ship but fails to occupy it fully.
- the unoccupied space of such a ship.
- heavy or unwieldy nonperishable freight.
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The merchant will also be liable in damages—known as dead-freight—if he fails to furnish the full cargo promised.