water measure


Definition of water measure

: an old English system of capacity measure used for articles shipped by water and based on a bushel defined by statute in 1494 as equal to five pecks Winchester measure and in 1701 as equal to a heaped Winchester bushel

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History and Etymology for water measure

Middle English water mesure, from water + mesure measure

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“Water measure.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/water%20measure. Accessed 6 December 2019.

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