system of weights


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Noun1.system of weights - a system of units used to express the weight of something
system of measurement, metric - a system of related measures that facilitates the quantification of some particular characteristic
avoirdupois, avoirdupois weight - a system of weights based on the 16-ounce pound (or 7,000 grains)
troy, troy weight - a system of weights used for precious metals and gemstones; based on a 12-ounce pound and an ounce of 480 grains
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He also standardised the system of weights and measures.
2) What country first introduced a metric system of weights and measures in 1790s?
tells the story of the development and improvisation of a reliable system of weights and measures, certainly one of civilization's most important achievements for obvious reasons.
In the metric system of weights and measures, the names of multiples and subdivisions of any unit may be derived by combining the name of the unit with prefixes, such as deka, hecto, and kilo, meaning, respectively, 10, 100, 1,000, and deci, centi, and milli, meaning, respectively, one-tenth, one-hundredth, and one-thousandth.
What system of weights, dating back to the Middle Ages, is used to weigh precious stones and metals?
requires Federal agencies to establish implementing guidelines pursuant to metric policy to adopt the metric system as the preferred system of weights and measurements for United States trade and commerce.

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