Definitions for hundredweightˈhʌn drɪdˌweɪt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

hun•dred•weightˈhʌn drɪdˌweɪt(n.)(pl.)-weights; -weight.

  1. a unit of avoirdupois weight commonly equivalent to 100 pounds (45.359 kilograms) in the U.S.

    Category: Weights and Measures

    Ref: Abbr.: cwt

Origin of hundredweight:

1570–80

Princeton's WordNet

  1. hundredweight, metric hundredweight, doppelzentner, centner(noun)

    a unit of weight equal to 100 kilograms

  2. hundredweight, cwt, short hundredweight, centner, cental, quintal(noun)

    a United States unit of weight equivalent to 100 pounds

  3. hundredweight, cwt, long hundredweight(noun)

    a British unit of weight equivalent to 112 pounds

Wiktionary

  1. hundredweight(Noun)

    A measure of weight containing 100 pounds (45.5 kg) in the U.S. or 112 pounds (51 kg) in the United Kingdom.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Hundredweight(noun)

    a denomination of weight, containing 100, 112, or 120 pounds avoirdupois, according to differing laws or customs. By the legal standard of England it is 112 pounds. In most of the United States, both in practice and by law, it is 100 pounds avoirdupois, the corresponding ton of 2,000 pounds, sometimes called the short ton, being the legal ton

Freebase

  1. Hundredweight

    The hundredweight or centum weight is a unit of mass defined in terms of the pound. The definition used in Britain differs from that used in North America. The two are distinguished by the terms long hundredweight and short hundredweight: ⁕The long hundredweight is defined as 112 lb, which is equal to 50.802345 kg. This is the definition used in the imperial system. ⁕The short hundredweight is defined as 100 lb, which is equal to 45.359237 kg. This is the definition used in the US customary system. This is also the usual hundredweight in Canada. The short hundredweight is also called a cental, especially in places which normally use the long hundredweight. Under both conventions, there are twenty hundredweight in a ton, the long ton being 2,240 lb and the short ton being 2,000 lb. The long and short hundredweight are both descended from the French avoirdupois weight system, which became established in England in Late Medieval times. British custom came widely to use the stone weight, which is 14 pounds, and wished for the hundredweight to be a whole number of stones. The stone was not one of the avoirdupois units in Medieval France, and never became customary in the British American colonies or the US. In 1824 in the UK, new weights and measures legislation made it illegal for merchants to use the word "hundredweight" in the sense of a hundred pounds. A merchant could be sued for fraud for doing so. In 1879, the hundred-pound weight was re-legalized for trade in the UK under the name "cental", in response to legislative pressure from UK merchants who were importing wheat and tobacco from the US.

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