from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A system of weights and measures based on a pound containing 16 ounces or 7,000 grains and equal to 453.59 grams.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- a system of weights by which coarser commodities are weighed, such as hay, grain, butter, sugar, tea.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a system of weights based on the 16-ounce pound (or 7,000 grains)
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With all my precautions, how was my system turned topside-turvy in the womb with my child! his head exposed to the hand of violence, and a pressure of 470 pounds avoirdupois weight acting so perpendicularly upon its apex — that at this hour ’tis ninety per Cent. insurance, that the fine net-work of the intellectual web be not rent and torn to a thousand tatters. —