from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A unit of weight in the U.S. Customary System equal to 100 pounds (45.36 kilograms). Also called cental, short hundredweight.
- n. A unit of weight in the British Imperial System equal to 112 pounds (50.80 kilograms). Also called quintal.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A measure of weight containing 100 pounds (45.5 kg) in the U.S. or 112 pounds (51 kg) in the United Kingdom.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A denomination of weight, containing 100, 112, or 120 pounds avoirdupois, according to differing laws or customs. By the legal standard of England it is 112 pounds. In most of the United States, both in practice and by law, it is 100 pounds avoirdupois, the corresponding ton of 2,000 pounds, sometimes called the short ton, being the legal ton.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In avoirdupois weight, a denomination of weight, usually denoted by cwt., containing originally 112 pounds.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a United States unit of weight equivalent to 100 pounds
- n. a British unit of weight equivalent to 112 pounds
- n. a unit of weight equal to 100 kilograms
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