avoirdupois


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av·oir·du·pois

(av'er-du-poyz'),
A system of weights in which 16 ounces make 1 pound, equivalent to 453.59237 g. See Weights and Measures Appendix.
[Fr. to have weight, corrupted fr. O. Fr. avoir, property, + de, of, + pois, weight]

avoirdupois

/av·oir·du·pois/ (av″er-dah-poiz´) (av-wahr″doo-pwah´) see under weight.

av·oir·du·pois

(av'wahr-dū-pwah')
A system of weights in which 16 oz make a pound, equivalent of 453.59237 g. See Weights and Measures appendix.
[Fr. to have weight, corrupted fr. O. Fr. avoir, property, + de, of, + pois, weight]

avoirdupois

a system of weight used in English-speaking countries for all commodities except drugs, precious stones and precious metals. See also Table 4.1. Now largely superseded by the metric system.
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108 x 7000 Bruges wool wt; later the avoirdupois lb.
A dram, by the way, is 1/16th of an avoirdupois ounce, or 27.
Of course, the fact that today's automobiles get about double the gas mileage of cars in the 1960s counteracts any contribution to global warming that our extra avoirdupois may entail.
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The government-sponsored campaign to make us forgo our avoirdupois in favor of grams and kilograms is moving very slowly.