Definition of Ounce

1. Noun. A unit of apothecary weight equal to 480 grains or one twelfth of a pound.




2. Noun. A unit of weight equal to one sixteenth of a pound or 16 drams or 28.349 grams.
Exact synonyms: Oz.
Generic synonyms: Avoirdupois Unit
Terms within: Dram
Group relationships: Lb, Pound

3. Noun. Large feline of upland central Asia having long thick whitish fur.
Exact synonyms: Panthera Uncia, Snow Leopard
Generic synonyms: Big Cat, Cat
Group relationships: Genus Panthera, Panthera

Definition of Ounce

1. n. A weight, the sixteenth part of a pound avoirdupois, and containing 437&?; grains.

2. n. 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.

Definition of Ounce

1. Noun. An avoirdupois ounce, weighing 1/16 of an avoirdupois pound, or 28.3495 grams. ¹

2. Noun. A troy ounce, weighing 1/12 of a troy pound, or 480 grains, or 31.1035 grams. ¹

3. Noun. A US fluid ounce, with a volume of 1/16 of a US pint, 1.804 687 cubic inches or 29.573 531 milliliters. ¹

4. Noun. A British imperial fluid ounce, with a volume of 1/20 of an imperial pint, 1.733871 cubic inches or 28.413063 milliliters. ¹

5. Noun. A little bit. ¹

6. Noun. The snow leopard (Uncia uncia). ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Ounce

1. a unit of weight [n -S]

Medical Definition of Ounce

1. 1. A weight, the sixteenth part of a pound avoirdupois, and containing 437 grains. 2. The twelfth part of a troy pound. 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. A small portion; a bit. "By ounces hung his locks that he had." (Chaucer) Fluid ounce. See Fluid. Origin: 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. A feline quadruped (Felis irbis, or uncia) resembling the leopard in size, and somewhat in colour, 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. Origin: 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. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Ounce

oulachons
oulakan
oulakans
ould
oulder
ouldest
oule
oules
oulk
oulks
oulong
oulongs
ouls
ouma
oumas
ounce (current term)
ounces
ounding
oundy
oup
oupa
oupas
ouped
ouph
ouphe
ouphen
ouphes
ouphs
ouping
oupire

Literary usage of Ounce

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1. Report of the Secretary of Agriculture by United States Dept. of Agriculture (1888)
"(57) Added 1 ounce of nitric acid to H ounces of the arsenic solution of ... (59) Put one-seventh of an ounce of naphthaline in 1 ounce of alcohol and let ..."

2. An Almanack for the Year of Our Lord by Joseph Whitaker (1869)
"Measurement of Capacity—continued Fluid drachm — i fluid ounce. ... i Troy ounce. For gold and silver the ounce, divided decimally, and not into grains, ..."

3. Merchants' Magazine and Commercial Review by William B. Dana (1858)
"and a piece of 3i gulden; its weight 1.192 ounce, fine 900, value $1 40. There are also a halt'gulden and divisions of the thaler; the latter of low alloy, ..."

4. American Druggist (1884)
"one-ounce vials of hydrocyanic acid, one opened and the other in stock. No. 5. Labelled " Corrosive Sublimate. "—Intended to contain an eight- ounce bottle ..."

5. Bulletin of the Department of Labor by United States Dept. of Labor (1906)
"1904 and 1905; 14-ounce loaf. Oct. to Dec.. 1904 and 1905. 14-ounce loal. 1904; l.lj-ounce ... 14-ounce loaf. 14-ounce loaf. 15-ounce loaf. 14-ounce loaf. ..."

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