hundredweight

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noun hun·dred·weight \ˈhən-drəd-ˌwāt, -dərd-ˌwāt\

Definition of hundredweight

plural

hundredweight

or

hundredweights

  1. 1 :  a unit of weight equal to 100 pounds —called also short hundredweight — see weight table

  2. 2 British :  a unit of weight equal to 112 pounds —called also long hundredweight

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HUNDREDWEIGHT Defined for English Language Learners

hundredweight

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Definition of hundredweight for English Language Learners

  • : a unit of weight equal to 100 pounds in the U.S. or to 112 pounds in the U.K.


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