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Meaning of OUNCE

Pronunciation:  awns

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

OUNCE is a 5 letter word that starts with O.


 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



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \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.
  2. \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}.
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