Definitions from Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition and Ballentine's Law Dictionary as are available for each term in each dictionary.
  • Ballentine's Law Dictionary

    The sum paid for the empty portion of a ship by a charterer. See 3 Brit. Rul. Cas. 266.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    When a merchant who has chartered a vessel puts on board a part only of the intended cargo, but yet, having chartered the whole vessel, is bound to pay freight for the unoccupied capacity, the freight thus due is called "dead freight" Gray v. Care, L. R. 6 Q. B. 528; Phillips v. Rodin, 15 East. 547.