gallon


Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Acronyms, Idioms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.

gal·lon

 (găl′ən)
n.
1. Abbr. gal.
a. A unit of volume in the US Customary System, used in liquid measure, equal to 4 quarts (3.785 liters).
b. A unit of volume in the British Imperial System, used in liquid and dry measure, equal to 4 quarts (4.546 liters). See Table at measurement.
2.
a. A container with a capacity of one gallon.
b. The contents of such a container.

[Middle English, a liquid measure, from Old North French galon.]

gallon

(ˈɡælən)
n
1. (Units) Also called: imperial gallon Brit a unit of capacity equal to 277.42 cubic inches. 1 Brit gallon is equivalent to 1.20 US gallons or 4.55 litres
2. (Units) US a unit of capacity equal to 231 cubic inches. 1 US gallon is equivalent to 0.83 imperial gallon or 3.79 litres
3. (plural) great quantities
[C13: from Old Northern French galon (Old French jalon), perhaps of Celtic origin]

gal•lon

(ˈgæl ən)

n.
a common unit of capacity in English-speaking countries, equal to four quarts, the U.S. standard gallon being equal to 231 cubic inches (3.7853 liters), and the British imperial gallon to 277.42 cubic inches (4.546 liters). Abbr.: gal.
[1250–1300; < Old North French galon, derivative from base of Medieval Latin gallēta jug, bucket]

gal·lon

(găl′ən)
A unit of volume or capacity used for measuring liquids, equal to 4 quarts (3.79 liters). See Table at measurement.

gallon

(gal) A unit of liquid volume equal to eight pints. The US and UK gallons should not be confused: 1UK gal = 1.2 US gal.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.gallon - United States liquid unit equal to 4 quarts or 3.785 litersgallon - United States liquid unit equal to 4 quarts or 3.785 liters
United States liquid unit - a liquid unit officially adopted in the United States Customary System
quart - a United States liquid unit equal to 32 fluid ounces; four quarts equal one gallon
bbl, barrel - any of various units of capacity; "a barrel of beer is 31 gallons and a barrel of oil is 42 gallons"
2.gallon - a British imperial capacity measure (liquid or dry) equal to 4 quarts or 4.545 liters
British capacity unit, Imperial capacity unit - a unit of measure for capacity officially adopted in the British Imperial System; British units are both dry and wet
bbl, barrel - any of various units of capacity; "a barrel of beer is 31 gallons and a barrel of oil is 42 gallons"
quart - a British imperial capacity measure (liquid or dry) equal to 2 pints or 1.136 liters
bushel - a British imperial capacity measure (liquid or dry) equal to 4 pecks
firkin - a British unit of capacity equal to 9 imperial gallons
Translations
غالون
galon
gallon
gallona
gallon
gallon
ežeraigalonaskibirai
galons
galón
galona

gallon

[ˈgælən] Ngalón m (Brit = 4,546 litros; US = 3,785 litros) IMPERIAL SYSTEM

gallon

[ˈgælən] n [water, oil] → gallon m 8 pints; BRIT = 4.543 l; US = 3.785 l

gallon

nGallone f

gallon

[ˈgælən] ngallone m (Brit=4,55 litri; Am=3,79 litri)

gallon

(ˈgӕlən) noun
a measure for liquids, eight pints (in Britain, 4.546 litres; in the United States, 3.785 litres).
gallons (of)
(loosely) a large amount (of something liquid). The children drank gallons of orange juice.
References in classic literature ?
"I tell you, Gallon, he was a genuine surprise to me.
Upon a ratio to the importation into this State, the whole quantity imported into the United States may be estimated at four millions of gallons; which, at a shilling per gallon, would produce two hundred thousand pounds.
Gallon after gallon of wine and mead disappeared, and everybody got comfortable, then happy, then sparklingly joyous -- both sexes, -- and by and by pretty noisy.
With great difficulty, and by the promise of a present of a good hunting-knife each, I succeeded in persuading three wretched natives from the village to come with us for the first stage, twenty miles, and to carry a large gourd holding a gallon of water apiece.
He came to me, look you, saying that if I would furnish him with a gallon of ale, wherewith to strengthen himself as he worked, and also the pigments and a board, he would paint for me a noble pied merlin which I might hang along with the blazonry over my door.
`Little now; be very much when cook,' spreading out her hands as if to indicate that the pint would swell to a gallon. `Very good.
Jerry, left alone in the mist and darkness, dismounted meanwhile, not only to ease his spent horse, but to wipe the mud from his face, and shake the wet out of his hat-brim, which might be capable of holding about half a gallon. After standing with the bridle over his heavily-splashed arm, until the wheels of the mail were no longer within hearing and the night was quite still again, he turned to walk down the hill.
"In one hour each man consumes the oxygen contained in twenty gallons of air; and in twenty-four, that contained in 480 gallons.
This apparatus had been so ingeniously combined that it did not weigh more than seven hundred pounds, even including twenty-five gallons of water in another receptacle.
The speaker, and the schoolmaster, and the third grown person present, all backed a little, and swept with their eyes the inclined plane of little vessels then and there arranged in order, ready to have imperial gallons of facts poured into them until they were full to the brim.
So I brought whisky along--a couple of gallons. Alas!
Next, the King ordered that forty casks of wine, containing forty gallons each, were to be drunk up on the spot by the Simpleton and his party.