the system of units of capacity ordinarily used in measuring dry commodities, as grain or fruit. In the U.S. 2 pints = 1 quart (1.101 liters); 8 quarts = 1 peck (8.810 liters); 4 pecks = 1 bushel (35.24 liters). In Great Britain 2 pints = 1 quart (1.136 liters); 4 quarts = 1 gallon (4.546 liters); 8 quarts = 1 peck (9.092 liters); 4 pecks = 1 bushel (36.37 liters); 8 bushels = 1 quarter (291.0 liters).
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Origin of dry measure
First recorded in 1680–90
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British Dictionary definitions for dry measure
a unit or a system of units for measuring dry goods, such as fruit, grains, etc
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Scientific definitions for dry measure
A system of units for measuring the volume or capacity of dry commodities, such as grains, fruits, and vegetables. Compare liquid measure.
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