from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A unit of dry measure formerly used in England, equal to 4 quarters or about 32 bushels for grain and 36 bushels for coal.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An old English dry measure, containing four quarters. At London, 36 bushels heaped up, or its equivalent weight, and more than twice as much at Newcastle. Now used exclusively for coal and coke.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An English dry measure, being, at London, 36 bushels heaped up, or its equivalent weight, and more than twice as much at Newcastle. Now used exclusively for coal and coke.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A measure of coals, etc., equal, by a statute of Charles II., to 36 coal bushels, or 25½ hundredweight, but customarily in England to 32 heaped bushels.
- n. See chaudron.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a British imperial capacity measure (liquid or dry) equal to 36 bushels
Middle English, from Old French chauderon, augmentative of chaudiere, kettle, from Late Latin caldāria; see cauldron.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)