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Avoirdupois meaning

avoirdupois - 5 dictionary results

  1. 1. Goods sold by weight.
  2. 2. Avoirdupois weight.
  3. 3. Weight; heaviness; as, a woman of much avoirdupois.
  4. 4. Weight.
  5. 5. A weight of which the pound contains 16 ounces, or 7000 grains.

avoirdupois - examples of usage

  1. A hard fragment of the red stuff, measuring a couple of inches across and weighing about three ounces avoirdupois, rust- red in colour with purple streaks and yellow mottlings, is now lying before me. - "Afoot in England", W.H. Hudson.
  2. A dozen candles, lit in his honour, where three were wont to suffice, shone mellowly in the little room, and Rette de Lancy, still comely despite her forty years and a certain lavishness in the matter of avoirdupois, set down in the midst of the table a steaming dish with a cover. - "The Maid of the Whispering Hills", Vingie E. Roe.
  3. " I am no longer young," he admitted, after a pause, " and therefore propose to take one of the few alleviations allowed to advancing years and an increasing avoirdupois. - "The Last Hope", Henry Seton Merriman.
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