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Avoirdupois

Definition of the noun avoirdupois

What does avoirdupois mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: avoirdupoises

  1. a system of weights based on the 16-ounce pound (or 7,000 grains)
  2. excess bodily weight

Alternative definition of the noun avoirdupois

noun

  1. The official system of weights used in UK between 1856 and 1963. It had been the customary system in London since 1300 [C.E.].
  2. The official system of weights used in USA between 1866 and 1959.
  3. Weight; heaviness.

Explanation

The avoirdupois system is a system of weights based on a pound of 16 ounces. It is the everyday system of weight used in the United States and is still used to varying degrees in everyday life in the United Kingdom, Canada, the Republic of Ireland, and some other former British colonies despite the official adoption of the metric system. An alternative system of mass, the Troy system, is generally used for precious materials. The modern definition of the avoirdupois pound is exactly 0.45359237 kilograms.

Phrases with Avoirdupois

  1. avoirdupois unit
  2. Avoirdupois Ounce
  3. avoirdupois pound
  4. avoirdupois weight

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Avoirdupois

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Google previewReports of Cases Before the High Court and Circuit Courts of Justiciary in Scotland (1846)

During the Years 1842[-1845] by Archibald Broun

of 7000 grains troy; and therefore the conclusion is drawn that, as the pound avoirdupois is a legal weight, High...

avoirdupois is the principle standard weight, on which the parts and multiples of the Exchequer copies are calculated.

Google previewPrinciple of Elementary Mechanics (1903)

by De Volson Wood

standard pound Avoirdupois is the measure of a unit of force, and hence, that any force is a certain number of pounds. We are familiar with the fact that forces are measured by pounds. Thus, if a spring balance of sufficient strength is placed ...

Google previewThe Bombay Calendar and Almanac (1841)

ounce avoirdupois is the lowest denomination of English weight to which ---- recourse need be had in the ordinary operations of commerce, and it there- " - fore ...

Google previewDiscrimination as Stigma (2016)

A Theory of Anti-discrimination Law by Iyiola Solanke

Weight discrimination is acceptable largely due to the widespread belief that avoirdupois is a behavioural or voluntary condition. As a result, there is a low level of public sympathy for discrimination against those who are overweight or obese, ...

Google previewA Refresher Course in Mathematics (2003)

by F. J. Camm

The pound avoirdupois is the British unit of mass. The metric unit of mass is the kilogram. It is the mass of a platinum cylinder deposited in the French archives. A litre of pure water weighs, at 4° 0., 1 kilogram, or 1000 grams. The weight of a ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Environmental Science and Engineering, Fifth Edition, Volumes One and Two (2006)

by James R. Pfafflin, Edward N. Ziegler

0C Millimeters of mercury at 0C Millimicrons or Micronmillimeters Millimicrons Ounces (avoirdupois) Ounces (avoirdupois) Ounces (US, fluid) Parts per million Per cent Pints (US, dry) Pints (US, liquid) Pints (US, liquid) Pounds (avoirdupois) ...

Google previewA commercial dictionary: containing the present state of mercantile law, practice and custom (1804)

by Joshua Montefiore

For every pound weight avoirdupois of unmanufactured tobacco, of the growth or produce of Ireland, over and above. any duty of customs - - » 000 011 For every pound weight avoirdupois of Irijb manufactured short-cut tobacco, or tobacco ...

Google previewLexicon Medicum: or, Medical Dictionary ... Fourth edition (1839)

by Robert HOOPER (M.D.), Klein Grant

were formerly sold, and the prescriptions of physicians made up, by the common English \veight, called Avoirdupois. The ounce of that “might being then, as appears by all the old authors on arithmetic, subdivided into 8 d'rarns, 24 scruplos, ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Practical Receipts and Processes (1900)

Containing Over 6400 Receipts by William Brisbane Dick

Avoirdupois Weight is employed for weighing all goods, except those for which Troy or Apothecaries weight are used. The ton is subdivided into hundredweights , quarters, pounds, ounces, and drachms. (See No. 6031.1 Some goods are sold ...

Google previewThe British Encyclopedia (1818)

Or, Dictionary of Arts and Sciences. Comprising an Accurate and Popular View of the Present Improved State of Human Knowledge by William Nicholson

Under the words avoirdupois and troy will be found an account of those weights; here we may add a small table from Mr. Ferguson, which gives a more enlarged comparison between these two weights. 175 Troy pounds are equal ...

Google previewAmerican Edition of the British Encyclopedia (1821)

Or, Dictionary of Arts and Sciences ; Comprising an Accurate and Popular View of the Present Improved State of Human Knowledge by William Nicholson

Under the words avoirdupois and troy will be found an account of those weights! here we may add a small table from Mr. Ferguson, which gives a more enlarged comparison between these two weights. 175 Troy pounds are equal to 144 ...

Google previewThe British encyclopedia, or, Dictionary of arts and sciences (1809)

by William Nicholson

The two principal weights, established in Great Britain, are troy weight and avoirdupois weight, as before mentioned. Under the head of the former it may further be added, that a carat is a weight of four grains ; but when the term is applied to ...

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