hundredweight

[huhn-drid-weyt]
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noun, plural hun·dred·weights, (as after a numeral) hun·dred·weight.

Also called cental, quintal. a unit of avoirdupois weight commonly equivalent to 100 pounds (45.359 kilograms) in the U.S. Abbreviation: cwt

Nearby words

  1. hundred's place,
  2. hundred-percenter,
  3. hundredfold,
  4. hundreds and thousands,
  5. hundredth,
  6. huneker,
  7. huneker, james gibbons,
  8. hung,
  9. hung hsiu-ch'uan,
  10. hung jury

Origin of hundredweight

First recorded in 1570–80; hundred + weight

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British Dictionary definitions for hundredweight

hundredweight

noun plural -weights or -weight

Also called: long hundredweight British a unit of weight equal to 112 pounds or 50.802 35 kilograms
Also called: short hundredweight US and Canadian a unit of weight equal to 100 pounds or 45.359 24 kilograms
Also called: metric hundredweight a metric unit of weight equal to 50 kilograms
Abbreviation (for senses 1, 2): cwt

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