from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of various units of volume or capacity ranging from 63 to 140 gallons (238 to 530 liters), especially a unit of capacity used in liquid measure in the United States, equal to 63 gallons (238 liters).
- n. A large barrel or cask with this capacity.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An English measure of capacity for liquids, containing 63 wine gallons, or about 52 1/2 imperial gallons; a half pipe.
- n. A large cask or barrel, of indefinite contents; especially one containing from 100 to 140 gallons.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An English measure of capacity, containing 63 wine gallons, or about 521/2 imperial gallons; a half pipe.
- n. A large cask or barrel, of indefinite contents; esp. one containing from 100 to 140 gallons.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A large cask for liquors, etc.
- n. Specifically— A cask having the definite capacity of 63 old wine-gallons, 54 beer-gallons, etc. See def. 2.
- n. A cask having a capacity of from 100 to 140 gallons: as, a hogshead of sugar, molasses, or tobacco.
- n. A liquid measure containing 63 old wine-gallons (equal to 52½ imperial gallons), this value having been fixed by an English statute of 1423.
- n. A draught, as of wine or ale, taken from a cup which forms the head or cover of a jug in the shape of a hog. See Sussex pig, under pig.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a British unit of capacity for alcoholic beverages
- n. a large cask especially one holding 63 gals
From Middle English hoggeshed (literally, "hog's head"). More at hog, head. Often borrowed into other languages as "ox-head". (Wiktionary)