American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A unit of troy weight equal to 24 grains, 1/20 of a troy ounce or approximately 1.555 grams.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Originally, a weight equal to that of the Anglo-Norman silver penny, 22 ½ grains, or of a Tower pound; now, and since the eighteenth year of Henry VIII., when the use of the Tower pound was forbidden, a weight of 24 grains, or of a troy ounce. Abbreviated dwt.
- n. A proportional measure of one-twelfth, used in stating the fineness of silver. See carat.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A troy weight containing twenty-four grains, or the twentieth part of a troy ounce; 1.555 grams. It is abbreviated dwt or pwt. It was anciently the weight of a silver penny, whence the name.
- n. a unit of apothecary weight equal to 24 grains
“Gold is measured in troy ounces, often paid based on pennyweight, which is 1/20th of a troy ounce.”
“The trees, burdened with the last infinitesimal pennyweight of snow their branches could hold, stood in absolute petrifaction.”
“Equilibrium, however, was restored by the addition of a pennyweight and five grains to the opposite side.”
“I asked Papi why they are called tenpenny, eightpenny, an' sixpenny darters, an' he said it was 'cause they looked like nails an' that nails used to be sold by the pennyweight.”
“But gold being worth 80/90 ths. of a dollar, per pennyweight, here; a guinea, if valued at 4 60/90 ths. dollars, should weigh only 5 dwts. 6 gr.”
“The company sends people bags, then people fill the bags with their gold jewelry and mail them back, and then the company sends the customers some tiny amount of money pennyweight or even less.”
“Shall we say, that the economical mother disburses so much earth and so much fire, by weight and meter, to make a man, and will not add a pennyweight, though a nation is perishing for a leader?”
“The Junior Ring Ball was this weekend, when all of the Juniors here get their school rings, which are usually pretty big, up to 21-22 pennyweight, or so I've heard.”
“His aunt got about a pennyweight of poison from a cabinet and wrapped it up and gave it to him.”
“And no sooner did he marry than he was forced to give up that, and, like a respectable butcher, put in every pennyweight of fat that could be charged for.”
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