pint

[pahynt]
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noun
  1. a liquid and also dry measure of capacity, equal to one half of a liquid and dry quart respectively, approximately 35 cubic inches (0.473 liter). Abbreviation: pt, pt.

Origin of pint

1350–1400; Middle English pynte < Old French pinte or Middle Dutch, Middle Low German pinte
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avoirdupois, troy, pint, cup, gallon, gill, quart

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British Dictionary definitions for pint

pint

noun
  1. a unit of liquid measure of capacity equal to one eighth of a gallon. 1 Brit pint is equal to 0.568 litre, 1 US pint to 0.473 litre
  2. a unit of dry measure of capacity equal to one half of a quart. 1 US dry pint is equal to one sixty-fourth of a US bushel or 0.5506 litre
  3. a measure having such a capacity
  4. British informal
    1. a pint of beer
    2. a drink of beerhe's gone out for a pint

Word Origin for pint

C14: from Old French pinte, of uncertain origin; perhaps from Medieval Latin pincta marks used in measuring liquids, ultimately from Latin pingere to paint; compare Middle Low German, Middle Dutch pinte
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Word Origin and History for pint
n.

mid-14c., from Old French pinte "liquid measure, pint" (13c.), probably from Vulgar Latin *pincta (source of Old Provençal, Spanish, Italian pinta), altered from Latin picta "painted," fem. past participle of pingere "to paint" (see paint (v.)), on notion of a painted mark on a vessel indicating this measure. Used elliptically for "pint of ale" (or beer) from 1742. Pint-sized "small" (especially in reference to children) is recorded from 1938.

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pint in Medicine

pint

[pīnt]
n.
  1. A unit of volume or capacity in the US Customary System, used in liquid measure, equal to 16 fluid ounces, 28.875 cubic inches, or .473 liter.
  2. A unit of volume or capacity in the US Customary System, used in dry measure, equal to 12 quart or 0.551liter.
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pint in Science

pint

[pīnt]
  1. A unit of liquid volume or capacity in the US Customary System, equal to 16 fluid ounces or 28.88 cubic inches (about 0.47 liter).
  2. A unit of dry volume or capacity used in the US Customary System, equal to 12 of a quart or 34.6 cubic inches (about 0.55 liter). See Table at measurement.
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