Ounce



[ouns] /aʊns/

noun
1.
a unit of weight equal to 437.5 grains or 1/16 pound (28.35 grams) avoirdupois.
2.
a unit of 480 grains, 1/12 pound (31.1 grams) troy or apothecaries’ weight.
3.
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4.
a small quantity or portion.
[ouns] /aʊns/
noun
1.
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/aʊns/
noun
1.
a unit of weight equal to one sixteenth of a pound (avoirdupois); 1 ounce is equal to 437.5 grains or 28.349 grams oz
2.
a unit of weight equal to one twelfth of a Troy or Apothecaries’ pound; 1 ounce is equal to 480 grains or 31.103 grams
3.
short for fluid ounce
4.
a small portion or amount
/aʊns/
noun
1.
another name for snow leopard
n.

unit of weight, early 14c., from Old French once, unce, a measure of weight or time (12c.), from Latin uncia “one-twelfth part” (of a pound, foot, etc.), from Latin unus “one” (see one). The Latin word had been adopted in Old English as ynce (see inch). It was one-twelfth of a pound in the Troy system of weights, but one-sixteenth in avoirdupois. Abbreviation oz. is from older Italian onza. Also used in Middle English as a measure of time (7.5 seconds) and length (about 3 inches).

“wildcat,” c.1300, from Old French once “lynx” (13c.), from lonce, with l- mistaken as definite article, from Vulgar Latin *luncea, from Latin lyncea “lynx-like,” from lynx (see lynx). Originally the common lynx, later extended to other wildcats, now mainly used of the mountain-panther or snow leopard of Asia.

ounce (ouns)
n.
Abbr. oz, oz.

ounce
(ouns)

Related Terms

vig ounce
In addition to the idiom beginning with ounce

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