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DWT

Acronym for dime weight, also called pennyweight. A measure of weight in the Troy system equal to 24 gr, 0.05 oz, or 1.55 g.
Synonym(s): pennyweight

pennyweight

An obsolete, non-SI (International system) unit of mass, equal to 1.555 g.

pennyweight

(pĕn-nē-wāt)
Troy weight containing 24 gr or 120 of a troy ounce; equal to 1.555 g. This unit of measure was previously used for describing the quantities of precious metals, as the amount of gold needed for dental restorations.
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They can measure in multiple weighing units, including grams, milligrams, ounces, carats, pennyweights, Hong Kong Taels, Singapore Taels, Taiwan Taels, moraines, grains, ticals and Newtons.
The text reads: "A very large [emerald], weighing eight ounces eighteen pennyweights, is in the possession of the Duke of Devonshire.
There are categories for heaviest `twins' (that's two on the same stalk), heaviest `triplets' (three on the same stalk) and the heaviest plate of a dozen berriesDating back to 1809, the weight of each gooseberry is carefully recorded in pennyweights and grains.
But, despite its monster size, his Edith Cavell berry of 36 pennyweights two grains was pushed off the scales by Peter's upstart.
Crooks who steal from open buildings are stairdancers and jewel thieves are pennyweights.