hundredweight

noun
hun·dred·weight | \ˈhən-drəd-ˌwāt, -dərd-ˌwāt\
plural hundredweight or hundredweights

Definition of hundredweight 

1 : a unit of weight equal to 100 pounds

called also short hundredweight

— see Weights and Measures Table

2 British : a unit of weight equal to 112 pounds

called also long hundredweight

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Since Mexico imposed its tariffs, Agri-Mark has cuts its forecast to $17 a hundredweight. Heather Haddon, WSJ, "Take Our Cheese, Please: American Cheese Makers Suffer Under New Tariffs," 5 July 2018 While results vary, Lely typically sees a total reduction in operating cost and cost of production of $1 to $1.50 per hundredweight, which is considerable considering the low price of milk paid to dairymen now, Paetz said. Sharon Fisher, The Seattle Times, "Idaho dairies invest in robotic milkers," 27 May 2018 That is about three times the going price for conventional milk, which has dropped below $15 per hundredweight from its peak of over $25 in 2014. Corey Kilgannon, New York Times, "When the Death of a Family Farm Leads to Suicide," 19 Mar. 2018 ADVERTISEMENT Dan Stevens, dimly discernible under a hundredweight of pelt, has more luck. Adam Davidson, The New Yorker, "“Beauty and the Beast” and “T2 Trainspotting”," 27 Mar. 2017 ADVERTISEMENT Dan Stevens, dimly discernible under a hundredweight of pelt, has more luck. Adam Davidson, The New Yorker, "“Beauty and the Beast” and “T2 Trainspotting”," 27 Mar. 2017

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1577, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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hundredweight

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English Language Learners Definition of hundredweight

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

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