American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A metric unit of mass equal to 10 grams.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In the metric System, a weight of 10 grams, equal to 154.32349 grains. It is 0.353 ounce avoirdupois, or 0.3215 ounce troy. Also dekagram.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A weight of the metric system; ten grams, equal to about 154.32 grains avoirdupois.
- n. 10 grams
- deca- + gram (Wiktionary)
“What about the gorgeous symmetry of a well executed hexadecagon, or the quirky lurch of the isotoxal decagram.”
“None of our kids would even know an isotoxal decagram if they tripped over it.”
“Five nickels in a row will give the length of the decimeter, and two of them will weigh a decagram.”
“Mistaken conviction, especially when more or less enduring. decagram n.”
“In short (excuse the pun), for one reason or another users in the UK would be better served by a better dictionary of abbreviations than this; US users should be alerted to the fact that the text is British, unedited for American spelling: for ` decagramme, decalitre, decametre 'read ` decagram, decaliter, decameter.”
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