avoirdupois

[ av-er-duh-poiz ]SEE DEFINITION OF avoirdupois
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A single pair has been known to weigh as much as 60 pounds avoirdupois!

With the avoirdupois of Miss Jolliboy, life would appear a desert.

Estimate the value of Westminster Abbey in the Avoirdupois measure.

Coal is measured by the ton of two thousand pounds avoirdupois.

So, as there is no virtue in avoirdupois, there is no ‘greatness’ in mere numbers.

We have in fact two kinds of weight measure—troy and avoirdupois.

According to our estimate a shekel was about 0.3 of an avoirdupois ounce.

I can assure you that my avoirdupois is being rapidly reduced.

The officer is valuable for his dignity, avoirdupois, "bracelets," and other accessories.

Miss Bébé Herne, though having fifty pounds the advantage of any of the others in avoirdupois, was the first seated.

WORD ORIGIN

1650s, misspelling of Middle English avoir-de-peise (c.1300), from Old French avoir de pois "goods of weight," from aveir "property, goods" (noun use of aveir "have") + peis "weight," from Latin pensum, neuter of pendere "to weigh" (see pendant (n.)). After late 15c., the standard system of weights used in England for all goods except precious metals, precious stones, and medicine.

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