Definitions for: Ounce


[n] large feline of upland central Asia having long thick whitish fur
[n] a unit of weight equal to one sixteenth of a pound or 16 drams or 28.349 grams
[n] a unit of apothecary weight equal to 480 grains or one twelfth of a pound



Webster (1913) Definition: Ounce, n. [F. once, fr. L. uncia a twelfth, the twelfth
part of a pound or of a foot: cf. Gr. ? bulk, mass, atom. Cf.
2d Inch, Oke.]
1. A weight, the sixteenth part of a pound avoirdupois, and
containing 437? grains.

2. (Troy Weight) The twelfth part of a troy pound.

Note: The troy ounce contains twenty pennyweights, each of
twenty-four grains, or, in all, 480 grains, and is the
twelfth part of the troy pound. The troy ounce is also
a weight in apothecaries' weight. [Troy ounce is
sometimes written as one word, troyounce.]

3. Fig.: A small portion; a bit. [Obs.]

By ounces hung his locks that he had. --Chaucer.

Fluid ounce. See under Fluid, n.


Ounce, n. [F. once; cf. It. lonza, Sp. onza; prob. for
lonce, taken as l'once, fr. L. lynx, Gr. ?, or an (assumed)
fem. adj. lyncea, from lynx. Cf. Lynx.] (Zo["o]l.)
A feline quadruped (Felis irbis, or uncia) resembling the
leopard in size, and somewhat in color, but it has longer and
thicker fur, which forms a short mane on the back. The ounce
is pale yellowish gray, with irregular dark spots on the neck
and limbs, and dark rings on the body. It inhabits the lofty
mountain ranges of Asia. Called also once.

Synonyms: apothecaries' ounce, oz., Panthera uncia, snow leopard, troy ounce

See Also: apothecaries' pound, apothecaries' unit, apothecaries' weight, avoirdupois unit, big cat, cat, drachm, drachma, dram, genus Panthera, lb, Panthera, pennyweight, pound, troy pound, troy unit

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