- a unit of weight equal to 437.5 grains or 1/16 pound (28.35 grams) avoirdupois.
- a unit of 480 grains, 1/12 pound (31.1 grams) troy or apothecaries' weight.
- a fluid ounce.
- a small quantity or portion.
Origin of ounce1
Origin of ounce2
Examples from the Web for ounce
Bunker, along with his brothers Herbert and Lamar, started buying silver in 1970, when it was $1.94 an ounce.The Zillionaires Who Lost Everything
October 26, 2014
In 1988 he was jailed for seven months when police in Jersey found half an ounce of cocaine on board his chopper.The Secrets of Britain’s Wildest Aristocrats
October 20, 2014
I paid $60 for two grams, which translates to $840 an ounce.Quality Bud, but Like, Whoa, The Prices
Kelly Williams Brown
July 26, 2014
And yet, for all his outspoken defense of the Russian government, Rohrabacher has not received an ounce of gratitude from Moscow.Meet The Putin-Loving Congressman Who’s Worried About Fluoride In Our Drinking Water
July 20, 2014
The Sun On Sunday accused Tulisa of subsequently brokering a deal to supply reporters with half an ounce of cocaine.Court Told Simon Cowell Is Gay
July 17, 2014
And ever since he had never managed to get his weight down as much as an ounce.The Secret Agent
Dissolve an ounce of isinglass in as much warm water as will cover it.
The proportion is an ounce of pearl-ash to half a pint of water.
He was a hard man, and would never bate an ounce of plate or a bottle of wine.Little Dorrit
Well, I've never borne him an ounce of malice for his delusion.The Mystery of Murray Davenport
Robert Neilson Stephens
- a unit of weight equal to one sixteenth of a pound (avoirdupois); 1 ounce is equal to 437.5 grains or 28.349 gramsAbbreviation: oz
- 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
- short for fluid ounce
- a small portion or amount
- another name for snow leopard
Word Origin and History for ounce
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.
- A unit of weight in the US Customary System, an avoirdupois unit equal to 437.5 grains or 28.35 grams.
- A unit of apothecary weight equal to 480 grains or 31.10 grams.
- A fluid ounce.
Idioms and Phrases with ounce
In addition to the idiom beginning with ounce
- ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, an
- more bang for the buck (bounce for the ounce)