noun (plural same or hundredweights)
1 (also long hundredweight) British A unit of weight equal to 112 lb avoirdupois (about 50.8 kg).
- It weighs about a hundredweight and it took two of us to get it back into place after it had been repaired.
- Her dad may have owned the business, she says, but he still carried hundredweights of coal on his back.
- Frank is pictured with a hundredweight of butter - or 224 packs - and that represents the weight he has shed in 12 months.
2 (also short hundredweight) US A unit of weight equal to 100 lb (about 45.4 kg).
- The castings produced by them can vary in weight from ounces up to several hundredweights.
- As a harsh winter lingered, blocking the trade routes to the territory, prices rose steadily and eventually reached a hundred dollars for a hundredweight of flour.
- There's been years when the price differential is $8 or $10 a hundredweight.
3 (also metric hundredweight) A unit of weight equal to 50 kg.
- Whether a metric hundredweight of wheat is exchanged for a gramme or a kilogramme of gold does not in the least depend upon conditions inherent in that wheat or gold.
- The St. Peter's bell, 24 tons in weight and with a clapper which alone weighs 16 metric hundredweight, is the largest swinging bell in the world.
- The letter described a celebration in a parish district where a calf of 3 metric hundredweight was roasted.
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