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A unit of weight used in countries bordering on the Mediterranean and in nearby areas, varying in different regions from about 1 to 5 pounds (0.45 to 2.25 kilograms).

[Arabic raṭl, riṭl, possibly from Greek litra.]


n, pl rotls or artal (ˈɑːtɑːl)
(Units) a unit of weight used in Muslim countries, varying in value between about one and five pounds
[C17: from Arabic ratl, perhaps from Greek litra a pound]


(ˈrɒt l)

n., pl. rotls, ar•tal (ˈɑr tɑl)
a unit of weight used in SW Asia and N Africa, varying widely in value, but often equal to about one pound.
[1605–15; < Arabic raṭl < Greek lítra or Latin lībra pound]
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Noun1.rotl - a unit of weight used in some Moslem countries near the Mediterranean; varies between one and five pounds
weight unit, weight - a unit used to measure weight; "he placed two weights in the scale pan"
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The report explains that for many people in prison, particularly those who are serving long sentences, the chance to experience ROTL is a key stage in the preparation for their safe release.
RNPH, SUGY, RODM, ROTL and RIMD were studied to analyze the response of sugar beet to different tillage methods.
Prisoners are only released on temporary licence after they have been assessed and approved for ROTL by an authorised senior manager.
The problem was also highlighted in the Napo report, which said: "A prisoner's probation officer initially refused to allow him access to ROTL (Release on Temporary Licence) until he had provided a number of negative drug tests, but his solicitor intervened and he was granted ROTL.
ROTL can be granted for various reasons, such as to help prepare the offender for release.
Mean peak latencies (msec) of the VestEP components (I through VI) during rotation-to-the-right (ROTR) and rotation-to-the-left (ROTL) stimuli in patient 4 Stimulus I II III IV ROTR 80 135 315 435 ROTL 110 220 330 480 Normal 77 182 336 476 values [+ or -] 10 [+ or -] 9 [+ or -] 18 [+ or -] 16 Stimulus V VI ROTR 530 680 ROTL 600 705 Normal 632 802 values [+ or -] 19 [+ or -] 19
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