American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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.
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. The hogshead of molasses was made 100 gallons by a statute of 22 Geo. II. Formerly the London hogshead of beer was 54 beer-gallons, the London hogshead of ale was 48 ale-gallons, and the ale- and beer-hogshead for the rest of England was 51 gallons. Other hogsheads, for cider, oats, lime, tobacco, etc., have had local acceptance. See
hogsheadweight. Abbreviated hhd.
- 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.
- 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.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. An English measure of capacity, containing 63 wine gallons, or about 521/2 imperial gallons; a half pipe.
- n. United States A large cask or barrel, of indefinite contents; esp. one containing from 100 to 140 gallons.
- 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)
“Briscoe explained how she used cannonballs supposedly left behind after the War of 1812 to weigh down tobacco in hogshead barrels.”
“A serious countenance did he bear as he passed through the two courts which separated his lodging from the festal chamber, and solemn as the gravity of a hogshead was the farewell caution with which he prayed Ludovic to attend his nephew's motions, especially in the matters of wenches and wine cups.”
“Two barrels, or coombs, make a measure called a hogshead, liquid, or a quarter, dry; each being the quarter of a ton.”
“** 40 rods*** to the hogshead is the equivalent of 10.48 feet to the gallon, which may or may not say volumes about McCain's energy policy.”
“A serious countenance did he bear as he passed through the two courts which separated his lodging from the festal chamber, and solemn as the gravity of a hogshead was the farewell caution with which he prayed Ludovic to attend his nephew’s motions, especially in the matters of wenches and wine cups.”
“She was not quite the "hogshead" the landlord declared her to be, but she was one of the worst cases of dropsy I had ever seen.”
“I always wondered why two pipes in liquid measure were called a hogshead; now I know; it was on account of their great capacity.””
“I always wondered why two pipes in liquid measure were called a hogshead; now I know; it was on account of their great capacity. ”
“While participating in a militia muster, he supplied an entire hogshead—sixty-three gallons—of rum punch, which “entertained all the people and made them drunk and fighting all the evening, but without mischief.””
“Placed in hogshead barrels, the sugar was exported via Bridgetown – the port city which became, in the 18th century, "the London of the West Indies".”
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