avoirdupois weight


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avoirdupois weight

n.
A system of weights and measures based on a pound containing 16 ounces or 7,000 grains (453.59 grams).

avoirdupois′ weight`


n.
the system of weights, based on the pound of 16 ounces, used in Great Britain and the U.S. for goods other than gems, precious metals, and drugs. Abbr.: av.; avdp.; avoir.

av·oir·du·pois weight

(ăv′ər-də-poiz′)
A system of weights based on a pound of 16 ounces, used in the United States to weigh everything except gems, precious metals, and drugs.

avoirdupois weight

, Imperial weight - Avoirdupois or Imperial weight is commonly used to measure food, people, and merchandise.
See also related terms for merchandise.
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Noun1.avoirdupois weight - a system of weights based on the 16-ounce pound (or 7,000 grains)avoirdupois weight - a system of weights based on the 16-ounce pound (or 7,000 grains)
system of weights, weight - a system of units used to express the weight of something
avoirdupois unit - any of the units of the avoirdupois system of weights
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Hence, in the apothecaries' weight = 60 grains, or 1/8 of an ounce, in the avoirdupois weight = 27 1/3 grains or 1/16, of an ounce' (OED).
The rest of the world doesn't worry about remembering how many ounces to the pound, or how many pounds to the ton, and whether you're talking about "avoirdupois weight" or "troy weight," which is mostly used for gold, gems, and medicines.
"WHAT two letters link a unit of Avoirdupois weight equivalent to 437.5 grains with...?" Nope, sorry Jeremy, we don't understand the question.