avoirdupois weight

avoirdupois′ weight`
n.
wam the system of weights, based on the pound of 16 ounces, used in Great Britain and the U.S. for goods other than gems, precious metals, and drugs
Abbr.: av. 3) avdp. avoir.

From formal English to slang. 2014.

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  • Avoirdupois weight — Avoirdupois Av oir*du*pois ([a^]v [ e]r*d[ u]*poiz ), n. & a. [OE. aver de peis, goods of weight, where peis is fr. OF. peis weight, F. poids, L. pensum. See {Aver}, n., and {Poise}, n.] 1. Goods sold by weight. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] 2.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • avoirdupois weight — n a system of weights based on a pound of 16 ounces and an ounce of 437.5 grains (28.350 grams) and in general use in the U.S. except for precious metals, gems, and drugs * * * the system of weight commonly used for ordinary commodities in… …   Medical dictionary

  • avoirdupois weight — n. a British and American system of weights based on a pound of 16 ounces: see the table of weights and measures in the Reference Supplement …   English World dictionary

  • avoirdupois weight — noun a system of weights based on the 16 ounce pound (or 7,000 grains) • Syn: ↑avoirdupois • Hypernyms: ↑system of weights, ↑weight • Part Meronyms: ↑avoirdupois unit * * * noun …   Useful english dictionary

  • avoirdupois weight — the system of weights in British and U.S. use for goods other than gems, precious metals, and drugs: 2711/32 grains = 1 dram; 16 drams = 1 ounce; 16 ounces = 1 pound; 112 pounds (Brit.) or 100 pounds (U.S.) = 1 hundredweight; 20 hundredweight = 1 …   Universalium

  • avoirdupois weight — noun Date: 1619 the series of units of weight based on the pound of 16 ounces and the ounce of 16 drams see weight table …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • avoirdupois weight — A measure characterized by a sixteen ounce pound, as distinguished from troy weight of twelve ounces to the pound …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • avoirdupois weight — system of weights used in Britain and the United States based on the 16 ounce pound (used to measure certain goods) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • avoirdupois weight — /ˌævwadjupwa ˈweɪt/ (say .avwahdyoohpwah wayt) noun a system of weights formerly used in most English speaking countries for goods other than gems, precious metals and drugs. 27.34 grains = 1 dram; 16 drams = 1 ounce; 16 ounces = 1 pound; 112… …   Australian English dictionary

  • Avoirdupois — Av oir*du*pois ([a^]v [ e]r*d[ u]*poiz ), n. & a. [OE. aver de peis, goods of weight, where peis is fr. OF. peis weight, F. poids, L. pensum. See {Aver}, n., and {Poise}, n.] 1. Goods sold by weight. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] 2. Avoirdupois weight.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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