weights and measures

weights and measures

Standard quantities by which comparisons are made between an object to be measured and a known quantity of the same kind (see measurement). Weights and measures are fundamental to the sciences, to engineering, building, and other technical matters, and to much everyday activity. See also foot; gram; International System of Units; metre; metric system; pound.

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